Robert Richard Parks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He began his military career May 23, 1917, as a member of the First Tennessee Infantry, from which he was transferred to Battery D, 115th Field Artillery, 30th Division. Received his military training at Camp Sevier, SC, and upon his arrival in France in June 1918 completing his training at Camp Coetquidan, Brittany. As a member of his unit, he participated in the St-Mihiel, Argonne-Meuse, Toul, and Woever offensives. Private Parks was shot accidentally December 18, 1918. He died at the age of 19.

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