Parra, Charles, Sgt

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Current Service Status
USMC Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Primary MOS
7113-Flight Equipment/ Paraloft (VN era)
Previously Held MOS
0800-Basic Field Artillery Man
0811-Field Artillery Cannoneer
3531-Motor Vehicle Operator
6064-Flight Equipment Marine
Primary Unit
1982-1984, 6064, HMM-764
Service Years
1962 - 1984


Two Hash Marks


 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Cold War

 Military Association Memberships
Post 8154, George R. Baxmann Scarlet Team1st Marine Division AssociationMarine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F)
  1990, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8154, George R. Baxmann (Member At Large) (United States) [Verified]
  1999, Semper Fi #1 Memorial Honor Detail, Scarlet Team (Member) (Riverside, CA) [Verified]
  2000, 1st Marine Division Association [Verified]
  2010, Semper Fi #1 Memorial Honor Detail, Blue Team (Member) (Riverside, CA) [Verified]
  2011, Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F) [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired from California Institution for Women(Correctional employee) Member,Semper Fi #1,All Forces Honor Guard,Riverside National Cemetery Past MOS's 0811/7113/3531/6064 "Franked" 12/30/08
Other Comments:




Semper Fi #1 Memorial Honor Detail, Marine Veterans on parade. Semper Fi #1 on Duty Day,Riverside National Cemetery,2008,Gold & Scarlet Teams combine to Honor fallen Marine. ALL FORCES HONOR GUARD,Riverside,CA Salute to Veterans Parade III,April 19,2008. Note only Marine and Coast Guard members officially wear white harness all others wear black on Joint Color Guards.Riflemen must be Army & Marine.Army carries "Old Glory"...3rd year leading the parade! ELIJAH PARRA "approved" Don't mess with these Marine Corps Veterans! Returning to Service of fallen member after Honors...."Make a Hole"!!!



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  1965-1965, 7113, Marine Corps Det, NAS Lakehurst, NJ/Parachute Rigger School Class A

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Private 1st Class
7113-Flight Equipment/ Paraloft (VN era)
New Jersey
 Marine Corps Det, NAS Lakehurst, NJ/Parachute Rigger School Class A Details

Marine Corps Det, NAS Lakehurst, NJ/Parachute Rigger School Class A
Garrison - Training Commands
Parent Unit
Marine Corps Det, NAS Lakehurst, NJ
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Last Updated: Aug 14, 2011
Memories For This Unit

Best Moment
Selected as "Marching Petty Officer"
Forming a Marine Drill team
Making 1st parachute jump...3000'...freefall.

Worst Moment
3rd free fall,didn't pull hard enough...then I pulled real hard and let my arm extended as the canopy deployed.The shroud lines twisted into one line. I had to extend my other arm out to un twist.I came down like a top!!!


Chain of Command
Marine Captain/GunnySgt
Bunch of Navy Chief's in the School Jump Locker.

Other Memories
Assigned to Marine Barracks Lakehurst after Graudation. Packed chutes for Instructors...guess they "trusted" me and Bill Foster. We were able to make more jumps!

US Navy Parachute School. Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey
May 1979. (CPOCD Tony Ey)

Several senior sailor CDs who participated in the 'Personal Exchange Program' with the US Navy underwent parachute training at the Lakehurst NAS 'jump school'. Unlike most other military Para training, Navy students are taught to pack both their main & reserve chutes. A little unsettling making your first jump with chutes that you have packed. All US Navy pilots, Seals & EOD sailors are trained at this establishment. After graduation, EOD sailors undertake further training in water insertion techniques - progressing to night jumps with full equipment including weapons, explosives, inflatable boats and outboard motors.

My Photos For This Unit
Naval Jumpers 65
2ndJump 1965
1St JumpClass518
Reup Dec 29,1964
2 Members Also There at Same Time
Parachute Rigger School Class A

Brookman, Edwin, Cpl, (1964-1968) 7113 Private 1st Class
Foster, William Henry, Sgt, (1964-1968) 7113 Private 1st Class

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