Gulf County’s lone Medal of Honor recipient will soon have a park named in his honor.

Gulf County’s lone Medal of Honor recipient will soon have a park named in his honor.

On Friday, Jetty Park in Port St. Joe will be officially renamed the Clifford C. Sims Memorial Park.

The dedication ceremony, to be held 2 p.m. ET Friday, Feb. 19, will be held at the end of Marina Drive as a new sign is unveiled and Sim’s legacy discussed.

The rededication honors Staff Sergeant Clifford Chester Sims, a Port St. Joe native, who served in the U.S. Army and received the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration, for his actions in the Vietnam War.

Also present for the ceremony will be Sims' widow Mary Underwood-Sims Parker.

During a September meeting of the Port St. Joe City Commissioners, the board unanimously agreed to rededicate the park after the suggestion was made by Dan McDonough, Commander of the John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069 in Highland View.

Because the park is owned by the city and its name was not tied to any grants, the board was free to change the name.

Sims died Feb. 21, 1968 while his outfit was fighting in Hu, Republic of Vietnam. While approaching a bunker the squad heard the noise of a concealed booby trap being triggered. Sims hurled himself upon the device as it exploded, taking the full impact of the blast, saving the lives of his squad mates. In protecting his soldiers, he willingly sacrificed his life.