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John H. Simpson

Biography

Corporal John Harrison Simpson (Aug. 1, 1945 - May 13, 1967) was the son of Benjamin B. Simpson and Annie L. Simpson. He grew up in Loudon, Tennessee and graduated from Loudon High School. After which he entered the University of Tennessee with plans to follow his father and study law. After two years at the University, John enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on November 8, 1965. He was selected the outstanding member of his basic training class and then volunteered to serve in Vietnam as a machine gunner in B Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. On May 13, 1967, at the age of 21, Cpl. Simpson was killed in action in Quang Nam province, South Vietnam. He was buried at his family plot in Loudon, Tennessee, and is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 19E, Line 113. 

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Information

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Branch: Marine Corps
  • UT Major/Affiliation: UT Law, 1963-1965
  • Hometown: Loudon