|Cpl. John Parker was killed off of Omaha Beach when LST-314 was sunk by a German E-boat.|
John A. Parker never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on May 18, 1918 in North Carolina. His parents Greenberry and Nora were also both born in North Carolina. His father worked as a blacksmith. John had an older brother and a younger sister. By 1940 he had competed two years of high school and was living at home, working as a laborer.
He was drafted into the army on November 23, 1941. He became a TEC 5 in the 3422nd Ordnance Maintenance Company. His unit was part of the effort of handling the massive supplies delivered onto Omaha Beach to support the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Corporal Parker was listed as missing in action on June 9, 1944. In all likelihood he was killed when LST 314 was sunk in the English Channel by a German E-boat torpedo. By September his status was changed to killed in action with a date of June 21, 1944.
His cenotaph grave is at Rutherfordton City Cemetery in North Carolina.
Last year on this date I profiled Audrey Harris, 37th Infantry Division. You can read about Audrey here.
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