1971. Included with the archive are 3 medals [in cases]: a Bronze Star, and 2 Air Force Commendation medals; as well as a plaque, "Order of Valiant Knight of Hardcore", this latter awarded for "examplary [sic] courage leadership and actions from 13 July 1965 through 3 July 1966." Approximately 20 b/w photographs, primarily featuring Sims, the bulk of which are 8" x 10". 11-1/2" x 10-1/4" Black vinyl 3-ring notebook, with 32 mylar display leaves, containing numerous Air Force documents, certificates, momentos, newspaper clippings, photographs, birth certificate, et al. Album itself shows some modest exterior wear, VG. Contents usually show little to no use, VG or better. Photographs clear & sharp, VG+ - Nr Fine. Item #48796
Nathaniel Sims was born in Selma, Arkansas on 1 December 1928. After attending the Agricultural, Mechanical and Mormal College in Pine Bluff Arkansas, September 1947 - July 1951, he entered military service with the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lt, during which, over the next 20 years, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, retiring January 1972 as the Commander, 28th Munitions Maintenance Squadran (SAC), Carswell AFB.
Like most young men entering the Air Force, Sims evidently had dreams of flying airplanes, but that was not to be as he DNFd pilot training, with his subsequent career path taking him into munitions, evidently with much success, as the Bronze Star attests, as do the results of a unit operational inspection where an eeffectiveness rating of 100% was awarded... "This is most significant since that score has been earned by only three units in Strategic Air Command history."
That said, Sims did not give up his dream of being a pilot... included in the archive is his FAA Private Pilot's certificate, earned in 1971. Said certificate provides a personal glipse of the drive & determination exhbited by this individual. Whereas all in all, the entire lot offers a gathering of interesting primary source material - written, visual and artifacts - which document the efforts & successes of this Black career Air Force officer.