|Pfc. David Neil Simmons
United States Army
KIA 08 April 2007, Iraq
Memorial Page Established by- Uncle Jim
In Honor Of DAVID NEIL SIMMONS
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE GOOD TIMES WE HAVE SHARED,
THE GOOD HUNTING AND FISHING TRIPS WITH YOUR DAD. WE ALL MISS YOU VERY
MUCH. I PRAY FOR YOU AND ALL THE TROOPS EVERYDAY. I ALSO PRAY FOR YOU
FATHER. I FEEL HE HAS BEEN A HERO THREW ALL OF THIS ALSO. GOD BLESS
YOU AND ALL OF YOUR TROOPS. UNCLE JIM
December 27, 2011
MSG Jesse Cortez
May you rest in peace David (Neil) Simmons, you did not die in vain, Iraq is a better place because of
you and what you did for this Country and ours. You will not be forgotten. Your family is in my thoughts
and prayers as they are also real Heroes for supporting you and their continuing support for our troops.
MSG(R) Cortez, Baghdad, Iraq
Soldier from Kokomo killed in Iraq
The Associated Press
KOKOMO, Ind. — A central Indiana soldier who had only been in Iraq for about a week died during
an attack while on patrol in Baghdad, military and family members said.
Army Pfc. David Neil Simmons, 20, of Kokomo, was one of two soldiers killed April 8 when their
military vehicle was attacked by an improvised bomb and small-arms fire, according to the
Department of Defense.
Simmons first enlisted in the Indiana National Guard before graduating from Northwestern High
School in 2005, then decided after basic training to join the Army, family members said. He had
been in Kuwait for three weeks before being sent to Baghdad on April 1.
His mother, Teri Tenbrook, said she had last talked to her son April 7.
“He called about 10 a.m. and said he wouldn’t be able to call for a couple of days because they
were going out on patrol,” Tenbrook said. “That was it.”
David Simmons had been working on a care package to send to his son before being notified of
“All I’m comfortable with is that he enjoyed doing what he did and he wouldn’t want to do anything
else,” the elder Simmons said. “Freedom is very expensive. You don’t know how much until
something like this happens.”
Simmons, who was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division based in Fort Benning, Ga., is the third
Indiana soldier to die in Iraq in the past two weeks. His death raises to 75 the number of people
from Indiana to have died after being sent to the Middle East since the buildup for the invasion of
Iraq began in 2003.