Edward J. Sims
AGE: 93 • Tinton Falls
Edward J. Sims, Colonel, AUS Retired, from Tinton Falls, died Friday, June 28, 2013, in Neptune, at the age of 93 of complications from a stroke. Col. Sims was a WWII war hero, a master paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He fought in Sicily, Italy, Anzio Beach Head, Holland (He played a major role in leading the assault to seize the railroad bridge in the historic battle depicted by author, Cornelius Ryan, in his book, and the subsequent motion picture, A Bridge Too Far), Battle of the Bulge, and also in the Korean War. He was much decorated with two Silver Stars for Holland and Korea, two Bronze Stars
, two Purple Heart
s, six Commendation Medals and the Combat Infantry Badge with one star. His company (Co. H, 504) was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for their action during the invasion of Italy in 1943.
He is survived by his wife, Marion K. Sims; daughters, E. Jay Sims and Leslie (Tina) Nowlin; an "adopted" daughter, Barbara (Willie) Kissinger, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC later this year.