Parker, Edward Nelson, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1960-1962, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff (JSTPS)
Service Years
1925 - 1963
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home Town
Avalon, PA
Last Address
Pompano Beach, FL

Date of Passing
Oct 15, 1989
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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US Navy Vice Admiral. Parker graduated from the United States Naval Academy in
1925. By the time the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Parker was a Lt. Commander,
the Commanding Officer of the Parrott a World War I class destroyer that was
part of the Asian Fleet. While Commander of the Parrott, Parker was awarded the
Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and for extreme disregard of personal
safety when his command delivered a determined attack with torpedoes and gunfire
during action with the enemy on the night of January 24th to the 25th, 1942. The
following month he also engaged the enemy in the Badoeng Straits off the Island
of Ball, Netherlands, East Indies and was awarded a second Navy Cross for
distinguished service and heroism in a fierce battle with the Japanese. In
addition to the Navy Cross for the battle of the 24th and 25th Parker received
the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commander Destroyer
Division Fifty nine. He received a third Navy Cross for leadership of Destroyer
Division Fifteen aboard the Destroyer USS Cushing during an engagement with the
Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of November 12, 1942. The
force to which he was attached engaged at close quarters and defeated a superior
enemy force. From November of 1945 to April of 1946 he commanded a destroyer
squadron and participated in the Allied occupation of both Korea and North
China. Later that year he was an observer and commander at Bikini Atoll during
Operation Crossroads, which was designed to test the effectiveness of atomic
weapons on naval vessels. By 1947 he was now a captain and after commanding the
Newport News, he was named deputy chief of the Atomic Support Agency. In 1952
Parker was promoted to Rear Admiral and in 1960 promoted to Vice Admiral and was
appointed the deputy director of the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff at
Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. In 1962 he was named assistant director of
the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency which advises the President and the
Secretary of State on arms control policy. He held that post until 1963 when he
retired. After retirement Parker and his wife spent much of their time sailing
and he was chosen the commodore of the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club in Pompano
Beach, Florida.

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US NavyNAVSEASYSCOM/Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)Bureau of Ordnance
Commander Naval Forces Marianas (COMNAVMARIANAS)Defense Atomic Support Agency (DASA)CNO - OPNAVUSS Newport News (CA-148)
Commander Service Force, Six Fleet (COMSERVFORSIXTHFLT )Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff (JSTPS)
  1925-1925, Boston Navy Yard
  1925-1926, USS Utah (BB-31)
  1926-1929, USS Mahan (DM-7)
  1929-1931, USS Pensacola (CL-24)
  1931-1934, USS Dobbin (AD-3)
  1934-1935, Naval Gun Factory, Washington Navy Yard
  1935-1937, USS California (BB-44)
  1937-1938, USS Perkins (DD-377)
  1938-1939, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)/NSWC Dahlgren Division
  1939-1939, 16th Naval District
  1939-1939, Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet/Commander, Destroyers, Asiatic Fleet (COMDESAF)
  1939-1942, USS Parrott (DD-218)
  1942-1942, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)/DESRON 29
  1942-1942, USS Cushing (DD-376)
  1942-1945, Bureau of Ordnance
  1947-1948, Commander Naval Forces Marianas (COMNAVMARIANAS)
  1947-1949, Defense Atomic Support Agency (DASA)
  1948-1950, CNO - OPNAV/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
  1950-1951, USS Newport News (CA-148)
  1951-1957, Commander Service Force, Six Fleet (COMSERVFORSIXTHFLT )
  1957-1959, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters/Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP)
  1960-1962, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff (JSTPS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 East Indies Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Java Sea
  1945-1945 US Occupation of South Korea
  1945-1946 Operation Beleaguer (China)
  1946-1946 Operation Crossroads (Bikini Atoll)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval Academy
  1921-1925, United States Naval Academy
  1932-1934, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 04, 1928, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Mar 10, 1934, Married Elizabeth Hunter
  Jul 01, 1939, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 20, 1943, Promoted to Captain
  Sep 01, 1952, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Aug 19, 1960, Promoted to Vice Admiral
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