Presented at a formal ceremony in 1953, the citation for the World War II award which accompanied the award of the Silver Star read:
“Earle A. Simpson, 02006366, Second Lieutenant, Infantry, Company A, 47th Tank Battalion, 14th Armored Division.
For gallantry In action near Hollich, Germany, on 6 April 1945. As he entered the town, Lieutenant Simpson’s platoon was taken under fire by three enemy tanks having the protection of defiladed positions. Rather than withdraw he dismounted, made a reconnaissance on foot, and proceeded to advance and maneuver with his own vehicle and supporting Infantry with such effectiveness that the enemy tanks together with all resistance in the town were crushed. The sheer courage, leadership, and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Simpson reflected credit on himself and is in keeping wIth the highest military tradition.”