In Memory of

David Lloyd Parker

Classmate & Friend

A sad farewell, while home on leave

David Parker

1964 Graduated of Freeborn High School
Past president of the Freeborn Rod & Gun Club
1963 president of the Freeborn chapter of the FFA
Past vice president of the Southern Minnesota Conservation Association
Dog Tags
1st Cavalry Rifles 150 Infantry
Bronze Star Medal
Bronze Star

Military Medals

On the back of a picture of himself that he sent home, Dave wrote:
"I am an American soldier.
I am prepared to give my life for my country."

"Too" Young & "Too" Soon a farewell,
January 31, 1968.

David Parker Obituary David Parker Obituary

May he Rest in Peace.
February 15, 1968

Front Memoral Card
Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his for his friends
(John 15:13)

Inside Memoral Card

I was honored to help him
in his final hour of need.

Casket Eagle & U.S. Flag Church Funeral

Resting now, but not forgotten.

Grave Marker Grave Marker

The following is a page from "The Faces Behind the Names" by Don Ward
Faces Behind the Names

The Vietnam Tet Offensive starts January 30, 1968

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Washington D.C.
Wall rubbing
Specialist 4th Class, E4, US55850677, MOS 11C40
Home: Alden, MN Date of Birth: October 3, 1946,
Enlisted in U.S. Army: June 6, 1966

Heavy Weapons Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion (Mechanized),
50th Infantry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

 Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam
Start of Tour: September 1, 1967
Date of Casualty: January 31, 1968
Days in Country: 152
Age at time of loss: 21, Single
Casualty Type A2, Gun, small arms fire, Panel 36E - Row 029

1st Cavalry Memorial on David Lloyd Parker
During the fierce fighting that ensued at the outset of the Tet Offensive near Phu My in Binh Dinh Province,
"D" Company came into contact with a large enemy force Northeast of Phu My and to the East of the villages of Tan An.
Mick Hawkins, also a member of Parkers squad remembered:

"The NVA rolled out a heavy machine gun after we had taken over from Company B who had withdrew from the
fight in the general direction from which this gun appeared. The men all opened up on the Machine gun,
but SSGT Bell order them to hold their fire as he feared we would hit the troops of "B" Company. The machine gun
wreaked havoc on our troops. After the fight, we found Dave Parker dead of what appeared to be a large caliber weapon wound."

Operation Pershing II - January 31-February 4, 1968

Vietnam Wall Vietnam Wall Vietnam Wall Vietnam Wall Locator Vietnam Statue

The Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Minnesota vietnam Wall