George Stuart Simmons III – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

George Stuart Simmons III, Captain, United  States Navy (Retired), 85, died March 10, 2001 at Atlantic Shores Health Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Simmons was born in Belvedere, California. He was appointed to the US Naval Academy from San Francisco and graduated in the class of 1939.

Captain Simmons attended submarine school in New London, Connecticut in 1941 and served on submarines throughout World War II, making nine submarine patrols in the Pacific, the last as commanding officer of the USS Gurnard.

After World War II, Captain Simmons attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and had several submarine and amphibious assignments.

He retired in 1963 after 28 years of service. Among his decorations were two Silver Stars and two Bronze Stars.

Captain Simmons is survived by his wife, Virginia Moss Simmons of Virginia Beach;
three daughters, Virginia Simmons Phillips of Potomac, MD, Wynne Simmons Boone and Victoria Iredell Simmons, both of Westminster, MD; seven grandchildren and three great-grancchildren.

A memorial service will be held in St. Andrews's Chapel, Galilee Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. A service will be held at Fort Myer Chapel, Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, April 2, 2001 at 11 a.m. Burial Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad or the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center of Virginia Beach.

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