Parker, Thaddeus, PhM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1943, PhM-0000, 1st Marine Raider Bn/HQ Co
Service Years
1941 - 1943
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate

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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
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot N Row 6 Grave 16

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
1st Marine Raider Bn
  1942-1943, PhM-0000, 1st Marine Raider Bn/HQ Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Campaign (1943)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
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  USS Thaddeus Parker (DE-369)
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  Jul 20, 2016, General Photos2
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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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