Parker, Thaddeus, HM2

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Last Rank
Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer
Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Last MOSGroup
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Primary Unit
1942-1943, HM-8404, 1st Raider Bn
Service Years
1941 - 1943

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer

 
 

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cross City, FL
Last Address
Cross City, FL
(Father~ Alexander Parker)

Casualty Date
Jul 20, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot N Row 6 Grave 16

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Navy Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), U
 Unit Assignments
Hospital Corps SchoolUS Navy/NAVHOSP Portsmouth VAField Medical Service School1st Raider Bn
  1942-1942, HM-8404, Hospital Corps School
  1942-1942, HM-8404, US Navy/NAVHOSP Portsmouth VA
  1942-1942, HM-8404, Field Medical Service School
  1942-1943, HM-8404, 1st Raider Bn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Edson's Bloody Ridge
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1942-44)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
World War II Navy Cross and Silver Star Recipient. On June 27, 1941 which was prior to US involvement in World War II, he enlisted in the US Navy. His initial assignment that August was as a Hospitalman Apprentice at the US Naval Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. He was promoted to Hospital Corpsman in October and moved to the US Naval Hospital at the US Marine Corps Training Base in Quantico, Virginia. On March 29, 1942, he was assigned to the First Raider Battalion, Fleet Marine Force and was with them when the unit was sent to the South Pacific. During the night of September 13 and into the next day, his unit fought against the Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. He was later killed in action on July 20, 1943 at New Georgia, Western Province, Solomon Islands. In addition to the Navy Cross for his courageous actions, he was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. His Navy Cross citation: "The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (posthumously) to Thaddeus Parker, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Company Corpsman with the First Marine Raider Battalion during an engagement with enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on the night of 13 to 14 September 1942. When his company was almost completely surrounded by the Japanese and under attack from all directions, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Parker, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, constantly exposed himself to enemy fire to care for and evacuate the wounded. As a result of his dauntless courage and outstanding devotion to duty, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Parker undoubtedly saved the lives of many of the injured who otherwise might have perished. His courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country." The USS Thaddeus Parker (DE-369) was commissioned in his honor. (bio by J.Sullivan) 
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
1942
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Thaddeus Parker, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Company Corpsman with the FIRST Marine Raider Battalion during an engagement with enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on the night of 13 - 14 September 1942. When his company was almost completely surrounded by the Japanese and under attack from all directions, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Parker, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, constantly exposed himself to enemy fire to care for and evacuate the wounded. As a result of his dauntless courage and outstanding devotion to duty, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Parker undoubtedly saved the lives of many of the injured who otherwise might have perished. His courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. 
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 312 (March 1943)
Action Date: September 13 - 14, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Pharmacist's Mate Third Class
Company: Corpsman (Attached)
Battalion: 1st Marine Raider Battalion


Ryan, Steven (LoneWolf), Cpl
SILVER STAR INFO:

Killed in action at New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on July 20, 1943, Parker was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Silver Star Medal with the following citation: "For gallantry in action at New Georgia, Solomon Islands. Disregarding his personal safety, he aggressively moved forward into areas swept by intense, hostile fire to render medical aid to two seriously wounded marines. In courageously attempting to evacuate the second man, Pharmacist's Mate Parker was killed." 
   
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