Parker, Charles Edward, LtCol

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Lieutenant Colonel
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7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
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1943-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
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1934 - 1943
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Marine LtCol Charles Edward Parker.
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In late 1940, Congress authorized a naval air fleet of fifteen thousand aircraft. The Marine Corps was allotted a percentage of these planes to be formed into 2 air wings with 32 operational squadrons. On the advice of Navy and Marine advisors returning from observing the war in Europe these numbers were doubled very soon after. It was under this expansion program that the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing was activated at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia on July 7, 1941. The First Marine Aircraft Group which was the largest east coast aviation unit in the Marines at the time, became its first component. Although a new wing, it is considered an unofficial descendant of the Northern Bombing Group of World War I. Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the wing transferred to Naval Air Station San Diego, California on December 10, 1941 and then to Camp Kearny on December 31. The first deployment for 1st MAW came in August 1942 when forward elements of the Wing arrived on Guadalcanal and made up the Cactus Air Force supporting the 1st Marine Division during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

PARKER, Charles E, Lieutenant Colonel, O-004950, USMC, from Oklahoma, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + PARKER, Charles Edward, 4950, HqSqn, 1stMAW, FMF, Solomon Is, May 1, 1944, killed in action (mc) + PARKER, Charles E., Major, USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Charles E. Parker, 3503 S. Rockford St., Tulsa, Okla (na) + PARKER, Charles E, LTCOL, O-004950, USMC, from Oklahoma, location Solomon Islands, date of loss April 30, 1943 (pm)

LtCol Charles Edward Parker was declared Missing in Action on 30 Apr 1943.
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  1934-1942, 7598, Marine Scouting Squadron -3 (VMS-3)

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Marine Scouting Squadron -3 (VMS-3)

Smith, James Kenneth, Maj, (1941-1944) 75 7598 Captain
Bowker, Howard Franklin, Maj, (1937-1943) 75 7598 First Lieutenant
Gise, William Edward, LtCol, (1935-1943) 75 7598 First Lieutenant
Beavers, Frank Austin, Capt, (1942-1944) 75 7598 Second Lieutenant
Blount, Newton Buford, Capt, (1941-1944) 75 7598 Second Lieutenant
Merrill, Herbert Thompson, Capt, (1937-1942) 75 7598 Second Lieutenant
Hamilton, Henry Bernard, WO, (1929-1942) 75 7598 Technical Sergeant
Heritage, Gordon, Col, (1922-1964) 65 6533 Staff Sergeant
Keister, Robert Louis, 1stLt, (1937-1943) 61 6199 Staff Sergeant
Wisner, Ben Bruin, GU, (1935-1942) 60 6019 Sergeant
Davis, Harold M, MSgt, (1938-1958) OF 826 Corporal
Wisner, Ben Bruin, GU, (1935-1942) 60 6000 Private 1st Class
McKee, David Henry, Pvt, (1939-1942) 61 6199 Private
Ramsey, Reed Thomas, Cpl, (1940-1942) 61 6199 Private

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