Private John W. Parker #14047062 US Army was born in 1922 along with his twin brother Don F. Parker to George M. and Lucy C. Parker. Their other siblings were Rosalie E. Parker, Francis N. Parker, and Elbert C. Parker.
John enlisted in K Battery 60th Coast Artillery on the 13th of February 1941, Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA. His brother Don was also enlisted in M Battery, 60th Coastal Artillery Regiment. The 60th Coast Artillery Regiment was the defensive artillery for Manila and Subic Bays.
After the invasion and subsequent surrender of the Philippines to the Japanese, both brothers became POW’s. Don was taken to Japan and repatriated after the surrender at POW camp Sendai 3B-Hosukura Japan and returned home.
John was loaded aboard the Japanese hellship Arisan Maru in October 1944. On the 24th of October 1944 the Arisan Maru was 225 Miles off the coast of Hong Kong. The unmarked ship was spotted by the American submarine USS Shark, and sunk by torpedo attack. Of the 1800 POW’s aboard 7 survived.
Pvt Parker is Memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Philippines.