Charles Wayne Sims

United States Marine Corps
27 June 1944 - 28 February 1966
Clarkesville, Georgia
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Purple Heart, USMC Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Charles Wayne Sims

Habersham County is located in the northeastern corner of Georgia, with the villages of Cornelia, Demorest, and Clarkesville strung like pearls along US Highway 441. Small now, in the 1960's it was almost isolated, linked to the outside world only by a couple of two-lane state highways.

Never the less, seven of our young men died in Vietnam.

All of them served honorably. One of them was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Their deaths had a major impact on our small and closely-knit community.

The purpose of this memorial, from a classmate of some and a friend of all, is to remind us that they once were among us in the flesh, and now walk among us only in the memories of those who remember them.

Phillip R Duff
Sergeant, US Army

Larry P Jones
Corporal, US Army

Millard L Palmer
SP4, US Army

Medal of Honor

Hilliard A Wilbanks
Captain, USAF

Jerry E Rogers
Sergeant, US Army

Wesley R Sexton
PFC, US Army

Charles W Sims
Corporal, USMC

Rest in peace


09 Aug 2005

I served with Charlie Sims at Kanoehe Marine Base in Hawaii prior to going to Chu Lai, Vietnam and was fortunate to have his M-60 machine gun team assigned to our platoon in both A-1-4 and E-2-7; 1965/1966. Since we both were from Georgia, I can remember conversations shared about our lives, families, communities and life's experiences. Cpl. Sims was always an encouragement to everyone who knew him and he served his Country and his Corps with honor, bravery and commitment. Even though I had been med-evac'd out-of-country just days prior to his death ... upon hearing that he had been killed in action, I cried. I will always remember Charles Wayne Sims and am pleased to see that his community has chosen NOT to forget him. As a wise old man once said, "No one ever dies until they are forgotten".

Semper Fi,
James C. Donald
Alpha 1-4 and Echo 2-7
1965/1966 Squad Leader, 2nd Platoon

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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