Parker, Vincent E, Sr., EN1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
2000-2001, EN-4313, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC)
Service Years
1982 - 2001
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Preston, Kemper County, Mississippi
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 18, 2001
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Drowned, Suffocated
Persian Gulf
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section MF, Site 45-5 (memorial)
Military Service Number
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
GWOT FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, GWOT Fallen
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Surface Warfare Enlisted Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Peterson (DD-969)Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC)
  2000-2001, EN-4313, USS Peterson (DD-969)
  2000-2001, EN-4313, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 OEF - Afghanistan/Liberation of Afghanistan (2001)
  2003-2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 18, 2013, Vincent E. Parker, Sr.1
  Nov 18, 2013, Other Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The sailors were part of an eight-member team from the destroyer Peterson who had boarded the ship on Sunday after American officials became suspicious that it was carrying oil from Iraq in violation of United Nations sanctions.

Pentagon officials said the team discovered tanks carrying 1,700 metric tons of oil hidden under bags of grain. The ship, the Samra, which was registered in the United Arab Emirates, was so overloaded that it was already riding dangerously low in the water when the Peterson first spotted it, officials said.

The Samra, which was at anchor at the time not far from the Iraqi coastline, sank in high seas just 30 minutes after the sailors boarded it, the officials said.

There were no sounds of explosions or gunfire on the Samra before it began to sink, indicating that the crew had not attempted to resist the inspection, officials said.

SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters dispatched from the Peterson were able to rescue 6 American sailors and 10 members of the Samra's 14-member Iraqi crew not long after the ship went under. The body of one Iraqi sailor was also recovered, while three remaining crew members from the Samra were missing..

The Peterson and its two helicopters, which are part of the Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain, were joined in the search by two other American warships, four additional helicopters and a PC-3 Orion patrol plane. In addition, an American supply ship and an Australian warship, the Sydney, were involved.

The missing American sailors were identified as Petty Officer First Class Vincent E. Parker, 38, of Preston, Miss., and Petty Officer Third Class Benjamin Alan Johnson, 21, of Rochester.
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