Remembering Howard Matthew Simpson

Howard Matthew Simpson of Peoria, IL passed away earlier this year on February 9, 2018. Howard was born in Peoria, IL on April 29, 1918. He graduated from Peoria High School in 1936 and attended the University of Illinois in Urbana. A veteran of World War II, Howard served from 1941-1945 in the 1st and 2nd Armored Divisions in the African and Italian theaters.

He received the Purple Heart for his actions on June 23, 1944. While on patrol during a reconnaissance mission, Howard and two other soldiers were ambushed. A German soldier tossed a grenade, killing one of the American soldiers. Howard and his surviving comrade opened fire, suppressing their enemy. En route back to their Company, Howard noticed his left leg was soaked in blood, and discovered the grenade shrapnel injured his leg. Later that summer in August 1944, Howard was reassigned to the 81st Cavalry Squadron, and would serve through the end of the war. Several months later he was relieved from active duty.

Following his service, he worked for Bennett Publishing Company, serving as a Sales Manager, Vice President and President from 1945 until his retirement in 1983.

Howard is remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He served his community and his country in numerous ways and is truly missed.

The AVC is incredibly humbled to have received a bequest of $10,000 from Howard. His contribution allows our organization to record the stories of great Americans like Howard, and ensure that the legacy of these brave soldiers who served so nobly, lives on.