Parker, Raymond M.

Date of death:
December 9th, 1944 (near Sarreguemines/Moselle department, Lorraine, France)
Buried on:
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

Staff Sergeant Raymond M. Parker is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold/France. Plot: A, Row: 33, Grave: 1.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
Company E, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division "Santa Fe", U.S. Army (Company E, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division "Santa Fe", U.S. Army)
Action:
By direction of the President and under the provisions of Sec. I, Cir. 32, Hq. ETO US Army, 20 Mar. 1944, as amended by Sec. I, Cir. 56, Hq. ETO US Army, 27 May 1944, a Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to: Staff Sergeant Raymond M. Parker, 20361580 (then Sergeant), Co. E, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against the enemy. On 10 September 1944, Sergeant Parker, and assistant squad leader, crossed the Moselle River, near Frolois, France, and became cut-off from his unit. Despite enemy action, he courageously organized two machine-gun squads from other men and ordered fire upon the enemy. When casualties were created in his newly-formed squads, he manned one of the guns himself until his ammunition was exhausted. After becoming a prisoner, he managed to elude his captors and escape. The aggressive leadership of Sergeant Parker reflects great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of military service. Entered military service from Virginia.
Details:
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 76 (1945).
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

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