Grady Parker was born in 1921 in Oklahoma to Worthy Grady Parker and Jessie Lee Haney.
Buried at Manila American Cemetery, the Philippines, D, 8, 136
The Greeneville Sun, May 12, 1945
Cpl Grady Parker was killed accidentally in the Philippies on February 18. His wife, Mrs. Mary Ruth Parker, Greeneville, Rt. 2 has received the following letter from his headquarters.
“We presume you have already been notified officially through the War Department of the passing of your husband, Grady Parker, a member of the 24th Field Hospital. We share with you in this loss and have sustained and taken this occasion to express our heartfelt sympathy. We pray that God may wonderfully comfort you and that his grace may prove sufficient to sustain you even in this trying experience. Your husband’s passing was sudden and a real shock to all. The fatal accident occurred near noon, 18 February, 1945 as they were returning from a daily scheduled trip with rations. He fell from the truck on which he was riding and was struck by a passing vehicle. He was unconscious when picked up and passed away enroute to a nearby hospital. We assure you the accident was unavoidable and happened so suddenly that it was impossible to prevent it. Our chaplain arranged and conducted appropriate memorial and committal services in our beautiful little chapel and at the nearby cemetery. Both these services were attended by practically the entire hospital personnel. The body was prepared for burial by a member of our hospital personnel who was a funeral directorin the states before his induction, and was committed to the U.S.A. F. Cemtery Culayo No. 1, Plot No.2, Row 15, Grave 146 which is only a few hundred yards from our hospital. The cemetery is beautifully plotted and marked with the many white crosses where rest the bodies of those who have given their lives for their country and the ideals for which we strive. Your husband’s congenial, cooperative spirit as well as his high Christian ideals had won for him a real place in the hearts of the men of our entire unit. It will be a comfort for you to know that throughout all these months in the service his life was a fitting example of the Faith he professed. He was always one of the men chosen by our chaplain to assist him with his communion services and was faithful in his attendance to all divine services.“ L.B. Hanson, Lt. Colonel M.C.Commanding.
- Rank: Technician Fifth Class
- Date of birth: 15 December 1921
- Date of death: 18 February 1945
- County: Greene
- Hometown: Greeneville
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 24th Field Hospital
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Middle Panel
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