Bronze Star Medal citation received by Les Parker for actions during World War II. The Bronze Star Medal is the 4th highest individual military award. The "V" device is given solely to denote "participation in acts of heroism involving conflict with an armed enemy."
Les Parker was the brother of my grandfather, Leo Parker.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
|Diane Dawn Brassfield, late 1970s|
Diane was born at 7:27 AM on April 17, 1959 at McCrary-Rost Hospital in Lake City, Calhoun, Iowa to Elvis and Dorothy Brassfield. She was baptized on June 21, 1959 at Trinity Methodist Church, also in Lake City, by Rev. William H. Green.
She grew up in Lake City, Iowa, moving with her family to the Town of Portland, Dodge County, near Reeseville, Wisconsin in February 1964 and then Jefferson, Wisconsin in February 1972. Diane was confirmed April 29, 1973 at Immanuel United Methodist Church, Jefferson, Wisconsin. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Jefferson in June 1977. After this, she lived in Whitewater, WI, Naperville, IL, Madison, Sun Prairie and Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin where she attended college and held various jobs as an administrative assistant.
Diane was married on September 26, 1998 to Philip E. Meng in New Sharon, Maine where they lived for several years before returning to Jefferson and Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Diane and Philip were divorced in 2010. Diane moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada to live with her friend Dan around that same time period. After several months of illness, she died at the Scarborough Hospital in Toronto on November 15, 2013.
Diane is survived by her mother and three brothers in Wisconsin, her friends in Toronto, Canada and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Elvis J. Brassfield.
She was cremated and her ashes were interred at Union Cemetery, Jefferson, Wisconsin on May 23, 2014.
Diane was known online as diane1759 and diane.brassfield.1
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
|Les and Leo Parker|
Monday, November 25, 2013
|Logo of the 90th Infantry Division, "Tough 'Ombres", US Army, World War II|
Les Parker (1924-2013) was the brother of my Grandfather, Leo Parker (1923-2013). The following is from the World War II Memorial database:
Activity during WWII
Served with the 90th Division, 359th Infantry, company a in Europe. Recipient of the combat infantryman badge, American theater ribbon, 3 bronze battle stars, European-African-Middle Eastern theater ribbon and the Purple Heart. Awarded the Bronze Star for displaying undaunted courage in the face of the enemy upon crossing the Moselle river near Hunting, France on November 11, 1944. Served in Normandy, Germany, Ardennes, France and the battle of the bulge. On March 14, 1945, he was wounded in action at Morshausen, Germany. Hospitalized at Crile Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio for 15 months and honorably discharged on July, 5, 1946.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
|Les Parker, World War II|
This is the obituary for my Grandfather Leo Parker's brother, Les Parker.
Leslie "Les" A. ParkerCourtesy: http://www.draeger-langendorf.com/obituaries/?obitid=267026
Aug 27, 1924 - Nov 17, 2013
Racine- Leslie Alexander Parker, age 89, passed away at his home early Sunday morning, November 17, 2013. Les was born to Lloyd and Norma (nee: Alexander) Parker on August 27, 1924 in Westfield, Wisconsin. He attended local schools and graduated from Westfield High School in 1942. Les entered the U.S. Army on March 23, 1943, took his training with the 78th Infantry Division, and later joined the Texas / Oklahoma “Tough Hombres” 90th Infantry Division. His combat service took him through Normandy, France, Germany, the Ardennes Forest, Luxemburg, the Battle of the Bulge, Belgium and ended in Morshausen, Germany with injuries. Medals received were the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart, and various campaign awards. Les was honorably discharged on July 5, 1946 at Springfield, Missouri.
Les married Shirley Mae Muske on June 19, 1954 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dakota, Wisconsin. The union was blessed with two children, Sheri and Steven. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 33 ½ years and retired in December 1979. Les and Shirley enjoyed traveling – visited forty-nine states, eight European countries and nine Canadian provinces and territories. With a profound Christian faith, they were members of several congregations over the years where Les served as a church elder, usher and financial secretary. In more recent years, they were proud members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Union Grove. Les and Shirley also delivered “Meals on Wheels” in Janesville and sermon tapes to shut-ins in Sun Prairie.
Les was a member of the Westfield American Legion Post for 26 years; life member of the Disabled American Veterans; life member of the VFW Post 1621 – Janesville; member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees; and member of the 90th Division Association.
Les is survived by his devoted wife, Shirley Parker; children, Steve Parker of Roscoe, IL and Sheri Ellis of Harrisville, W.V.; grandchildren, Kelly and Becky; great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Natalie; nephews, Paul Parker of Westfield, Peter Parker of Beaver Dam, and Phillip Parker of Pardeeville; niece, Pam Brassfield of Johnson Creek; brother-in-law, Jerry (Dona) Muske of Sun Prairie; friends, Fred and Connie Westrich of Franksville; many other dear relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Les was preceded in death by his brother, Leo Parker, who died in March of this year.
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (2908 S. Colony Avenue in Union Grove) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm with Pastor David Peters officiating. A reception will follow. Visitation will be in the church on Thursday from 12 noon -1 pm. Les will be laid to rest, with military honors, on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11 am at Eastlawn Cemetery (2200 Milwaukee Rd. in Beloit). Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church – Union Grove “Gift / Trust Fund”.
Shirley would like to thank Dr. Michael Mullane & his staff; Hospice Alliance; and everyone at Home Harbor for their care and compassion. Special thanks also to Pam, Phillip, Paul, Peter, and Fred & Connie for their love and concern.
Friday, November 22, 2013
|Front and Back|
Celebrating 89 Wonderful Years
Leslie Alexander Parker
August 27, 1924 - November 17, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
One O'clock in the Afternoon
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rev. David Peters
Interment with Military Honors
Eastlawn Cemetery in Beloit
Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11:00 am
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Ira Wood and wife Lois Firman WoodIra and Lois (Firman) Wood were my 3rd great grandparents. They were the parents of Anna Belle Wood, wife of Valois Parker, who were the parents of Lloyd Ira Wood, the father of my grandfather, Leo Parker.
In Hospital at Civil War
She cared for him down in Tennessee
According to Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Ira Wood was drafted November 25, 1863, and he served in the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry Regiment, Company F.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
One problem is that this notice conflicts with the Westfield American Legion book, "Service Record: World War I and II Westfield and Community" which states that he enlisted in the US Army Medical Corps on April 17, 1918. Then received training at Fort Riley, Kansas where he was discharged July 3, 1918 as a Private having served 3 months. Perhaps he was aware that he was likely to be drafted and enlisted prior to being drafted and this notice was sent to him even though he was already in the Army. Or perhaps the book has the dates wrong. The truth is likely lost to history.