Summary

Antone was an artilleryman in the 13th FA at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, from 1923 to 1925.

Conflict Period:
Other Service 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Private First Class 1
Birth:
28 Jul 1905 2
Death:
21 Jan 1996 2
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Full Name:
Antone P Simmons Sr 2
Birth:
28 Jul 1905 2
Death:
21 Jan 1996 2
Residence:
Last Residence: Buzzards Bay, MA 2
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Other Service 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Private First Class 1
Service Start Date:
13 Jan 1923 1
Service End Date:
18 Dec 1925 1
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Social Security:
Social Security Number: ***-**-6859 2

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Antone P. Simmons

My grandfather spent almost his entire life in Massachusetts except for his army service. His father had remarried and age 17 Antone was kicked out of his home by his stepmother. He enlisted on January 13th, 1923 and trained as an artilleryman. Stationed at Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii, with Battery A, 13th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division, it was the only time he left the continental United States. He shipped back and left the service on December 18th, 1925. During World War Two, he worked in an armaments factory in Waltham, Massachusetts. 

KP

In the 1920s, Hawaii was still a 'territory' and not the tourist attraction it is today. Servicemen would often sneak off-post to find entertainment, usually without permission. My grandfather told me he and two buddies left Schofield one evening to attend a Hawaiian Luau. They had some roasted pork and enjoyed some alcoholic beverages before attempting to get back on post undetected. They stumbled into a ditch on the edge of the base and were laughing about it as they crawled to the top. At the rim, my grandfather caught sight of a tall pair of highly polished brown boots, the mark of an officer. The second indication he had just found his company commander came when a riding crop started hitting him in the head and shoulders. The soldiers were drug to their feet and given Kitchen Patrol (KP) for several weeks. “I never want to peel another potato as long as I live”, said Antone. 

Pistol Training

Antone was issued a M-1911 .45 caliber pistol as his sidearm and underwent training with it at a range near Schofield Barracks. In those days, the field uniform consisted of shirt and trousers and a wide-brimmed campaign hat (sometimes called a “Smokey Bear” hat). One of the courses of fire was to load a 7-round magazine, fire the rounds as quickly and accurately as possible, and snap back to 'order arms' with your pistol raised vertically near the right side of your face. My grandfather loaded, fired, and snapped back to 'order arms' only to have his pistol fire its last round through the brim of his campaign hat. He stood there dazed, but at 'order arms', as a sergeant walked over and slowly removed Antone's hat and examined the smoldering hole left in the brim. It was a lesson in making sure your weapon was empty that he would never forget. 

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