Simpson, Walter Stephen


Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: M-113A1, ACAV, K-18

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 21-Aug-1941

Hometown: Trenton, New Jersey

Marital status: Married to Raechel A. Simpson, one son

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 23-Aug-1966

Incident date: 21-May-1967

Date of casualty: 22-May-1968

Age at death: 26

Cause of death: Hostile, died while missing. Unknown. Unknown or not reported.
Walter S. Simpson was the track commander of K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He was on a convoy escort mission when his unit was ambushed by Viet Cong forces about 10 miles southeast of Xuan Loc in Khanh Province, South Vietnam.

Simpson’s vehicle was at the rear of the column when it came under enemy fire. It sustained several hits from recoilless rifles and was totally destroyed and completely gutted by fire.

A thorough search of the ambush area was made on 21 May 1967 and 22 May 1967, but although three other remains were recovered from the track vehicle, Simpson was never found. He was listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.

Presumptive finding of death made effective 22 May 1968 under provisions of Missing Persons Act (MPA). Walter Stephen Simpson became missing 21 May 1967 while on a convoy escort mission when hostile forces were engaged. Marital status advised on 17 Apr 1968 that review of case required MPA on first anniversary and informed Marital status of the possible actions.  CG, USARV concurred in the issuance of a finding of death.

Seventeen Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP5 William Phillip Centers Jr
SGT Eugene Harold Dickinson
PVT Jerry Lee Houser
SP4 Toler Lee Hutchins Jr
SP4 Phillip Earl Ireland
SSG James Albert Jackson
SGT Alfred Lee
PFC Patrick Michael Loisel
SP4 Henry David McInnis
SP4 James David McWhorter
SP4 Anthony Wilfred Roybal
PFC Rodolfo Andres Saenz
SSG Walter Stephen Simpson
PFC William Charles Stanley
SP4 James Thomas Steighner
SP4 Dwight Elmer Timberlake
SP4 Larry Allen Williamson

Location of fatality: Long Khanh, South Vietnam, YT 560 063

Place of interment: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 66E 003 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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