Robert Lane Parsons was born 24 September 1922 to Grover Cleveland Parsons and Virginia Louise Roy.
Sgt Parsons was killed in action at Guam on 27 July 1944. He is buried at Crossville City Cemetery, Crossville, Cumberland County, Tennessee.
Crossville Chronicle, September 28, 1944
Sergeant Robert L. Parsons, of the U.S. Marine Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Parsons, Route 1, Crossville, was killed in action in the South Pacific Area on July 27. Sgt. Parsons enlisted in the Marine Corps in November, 1940 and has been in the South Pacific for fourteen months.
By Staff Sgt. Dick Gordon of St. Paul, Minn., a Marine Corps Combat Correspondent, formerly of the Chicago Tribune.
Guam – (delayed) – Marine Sergeant Robert L. Parsons of Crossville, Tennessee, was killed by an enemy anti-tank gun shrapnel while helping evacuate seriously wounded fellow Marines from Orote peninsula.
Parsons, son of Grover C. Parsons of Route 1, Crossville, was helping the wounded during a severe Jap attack. While he was going about his mission of mercy an enemy anti-tank burst lifted him off the ground and killed him.
- Rank: Sergeant
- Date of birth: 24 September 1922
- Date of death: 27 July 1944
- County: Cumberland
- Hometown: Crossville
- Service Branch: Marine Corps
- Division/Assignment: 22nd Marines, Company G
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: Guam
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Crossville City Cemetery, Crossville, Cumberland County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Bottom Panel
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