Captain Simonds was the S-3
going into Normandy and Captain Graham was Hq Co 2nd
Bn Commander. On July 5, 1944 Hq Co 2nd
Bn of the 508th Prcht Inf was about to
resume the attack from July 4th. Captain
Graham and Captain Simonds were about to lead Co D
and Co E into battle. Captain Graham said letís
flip a coin to see who gets which Company. Captain
Simonds picked heads and won. Simonds picked
Co D and Graham would lead Co F.
Graham said within 5 minutes a
runner came up to him and said that Captain Simonds
had been hit. Graham ran to Simonds side and knelt
down to hear him. Simonds said that a mortar round
got him in the back. Within a few seconds Graham
saw Simonds had died. He said Simonds look
like it had been hit by a rake all down his back.
Captain Chet Graham was good
friends with Captain George Simonds and never forgot
what happened that day.