He retired as a Colonel in 1971. In late 1978, he was contacted by Ross Perot after two Electronic Data System employees had been imprisoned in Iran shortly after the Iranian Revolution.
Simons organized a rescue mission that freed the two men from the Iranian prison, as described in Ken Follett's On Wings of Eagles.
I took the bus from Richmond also, but to Ft Bragg.
Anyway, the piece will resonate with a few Marine old-timers now long in the tooth. Semper fi.
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