ROBERT E SIMANEK ESB 7
Ship Name and Designation History
This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
Naming Ceremony by SecNav Kenneth J. Braithwaite 15 January 2021
First Steel Cut 2 December 2021
Keel Laying TBD - Launching TBD
Private First Class Robert E. Simanek, USMC
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NAMESAKE - Private First Class Robert E. Simanek, USMC (26 April 1930 - )
Simanek was born in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from high school there in 1948 and worked for the Ford Motor Company and General Motors before he was inducted into the US Marine Corps on August 13, 1951.
Completing recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC, in October 1951, Simanek was ordered to Camp Pendleton, CA the following month. After further training at Camp Pendleton, he sailed for Korea in April 1952, joining Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines on 6 May. He had earned two battle stars by the time of his Medal of Honor action.
PFC Simanek was serving with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, when the action occurred on 18 August 1952 during the Battle of Bunker Hill. His patrol had gone well forward of friendly lines to occupy an outpost when the Marines ran into a trap. He threw himself on an enemy grenade to save his comrades, and was severely wounded in the legs.
PFC Simanek received medical treatment aboard the hospital ship USS Haven and in Japan before being returned to the United States in September 1952. He then was hospitalized at Mare Island, CA and at Naval Station Great Lakes, IL, until he was placed on the temporary disability retired list, 1 March 1953. 1953.
The Medal of Honor was presented to him by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a White House ceremony on 27 October 1953. He was the 36th Marine to receive the medal in the Korean War.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, PFC Simanek was also awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
Robert E. Simanek is a member of the Downriver Detachment 153, MCL in Wyandotte, MI.
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