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AACHM Oral History: Don Simons

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Don Simons

Donald L. Simons was born in 1943 and he grew up on Fuller Street in Ann Arbor. He attended Jones School, Ann Arbor High, and Eastern Michigan University. He was a starting football halfback and basketball co-captain in high school, and was recognized as athlete of the month. Mr. Simons recalls segregation and several incidents of discrimination in Ann Arbor. He is proud of his family, his work coaching at the Maxey Boys' Training School and Boysville, and co-hosting the annual neighborhood picnic for 25 years.

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Vietnam Veterans at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, January 1969

Vietnam Veterans at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, January 1969 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 13, 1969
Caption
Experiences In Vietnam Recalled While waiting for bones and wounds to heal these Vietnam veterans can pass time by discussing their memories and experiences in South Vietnam. They say they would go back. They are, from left, Hobart Kirsch, Richard L. Rhoads, Douglas H. Sparks, William Roggow and Alan Valleau.

Newly Constructed Veterans Administration Hospital, October 1953

Newly Constructed Veterans Administration Hospital, October 1953 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, October 14, 1953
Caption
NEW VA HOSPITAL: Scheduled for dedication Sunday is the new Veterans Hospital adjoining the University's North Campus. The first patients were admitted to the hospital this week. The government hospital adds another unit to Ann Arbor's growing list of medical facilities.

Contract Let For Cooley Laboratory

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1952
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Hugh Gaston at Veterans Hospital, April 1987

Hugh Gaston at Veterans Hospital, April 1987 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, May 25, 1987
Caption
Under the direction of physical therapist Vickie Sweitzer, Hugh Gaston (center) exercises with special blocks. His friends, (from left) veterans Iver Schmidt, Ervin Kitchenmaster, Don Knight and Phil Hanson offer encouragement.

Pearl Harbor Day Display at Veterans Hospital, December 1987

Pearl Harbor Day Display at Veterans Hospital, December 1987 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 8, 1987
Caption
Monday was Dec. 7 - and the 42nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Greg Gregerson, who enlisted in the Navy Dec. 8, 1941, reads about the attack and the war that followed in a display at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor. Gregerson served till Nov. 2, 1945. In a wartime visit to Hawaii, he saw the USS Oklahoma - sunk on Pearl Harbor Day - being raised.