The Korean War: Personal Reflections
EDWIN SIMMONS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2000 12:15 p.m.

As a 29-year-old major in command of Weapons Company, 1st
Battalion, 1st Marines, Edwin Howard Simmons landed at Inchon
on 15 September 1950 during the Korean War. He took part in
the epic Chosin (Chanjin) Reservoir campaign and other major offensives.
He left Korea in late June 1951 after being lightly wounded. A veteran
of three wars-World War II in the Pacific, Korea, and Vietnam-he likes to
boast that he has commanded in combat, or been acting commander, of every
size Marine unit from platoon to division. His 14 personal military decorations
include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, three Legions of Merit
with Combat V, two Bronze Stars with Combat V, and a Purple Heart.

In 1972, upon retirement from active service, he returned to active duty
to serve as the Director of Marine Corps History and Museums. He held this
position for 24 years. General Simmons is a past president of the American
Military Institute, the Council on America's Military Past, and the 1st Marine
Division Association, and is a founder and past vice president of the Marine
Corps Heritage (formerly "Historical") Foundation. His publications include
award-winning Korean war novel, Dog Company Six (2000), The United States Marines:
A History
(1998), The Marines (1998), and a 68-page pamphlet history, Over the Sea Wall:
U.S. Marines at Inchon
(2000). At present he is writing a similar pamphlet history of
the Chosin Reservoir campaign and a book-length history of the Marines in
the First World War. General Simmons' luncheon speech is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. General Simmons will speak at 12:15 p.m.