Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) will present the Congressional Gold Medal Award Saturday posthumously to Pvt. Irvin O. Simmons (KIA), a fallen member of the U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment also known as the Borinqueneers, who died in the final hours of the Korean War.
Receiving the award on behalf of PVT Irvin Simmons is his brother, Bobby Simmons, who is also a veteran of the Korean War. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Disabled American Veterans Post #109 in Titusville, Florida. “It is a great privilege to recognize the service and sacrifice of PVT Irvin Simmons by presenting the Congressional Gold Medal to the Simmons family,” said Congressman Posey.
Bobby Simmons, 83, cherishes an Aug. 30, 1953, Orlando Sentinel article chronicling the life of his older brother, who was killed on the last day of the Korean War. He kept the story about Irvin O. Simmons Jr., headlined “Snapshots, Letter Tell Of GI Killed On Last Day of War," folded and tucked inside his shirt pocket when he served in Korea himself as a medic after the war was over, from 1955-57.