Robert Ernest Simanek-Medal of Honor Recipient death and obituary-cause of death

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Robert Ernest Simanek.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society regretfully announces that Robert E. Simanek, Medal of Honor recipient, passed away Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Novi, Michigan, at the age of 92.

On Aug. 17, 1952, at Outpost Irene, Korea, Simanek was a private first class with 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), when he threw himself on a grenade to protect his fellow Marines. He was treated for seven months in military hospitals before being medically discharged from the Marine Corps due to his injuries.

President Dwight Eisenhower presented his Medal of Honor on Oct. 23, 1953, at a White House ceremony.

Simanek was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 26, 1930, the third of four sons. He briefly worked for Ford Motor Company and General Motors after graduating from Mackenzie High School in Detroit. He joined the Marine Corps in August 1951. He returned to Michigan after the war and earned a degree in business management.

He is survived by a daughter. Burial arrangements are pending.

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