Parks, Earl D., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43151E-Aircraft Mechanic
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1969-1973, 7th Special Operations Squadron
Service Years
1953 - 1973
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by AB Raymond Guinn to remember Parks, Earl D. (Cherry 1), SSgt USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Sep 14, 1990
Location of Interment
Nowata Memorial Cemetery - Nowata, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His Silver Star Citation reads:

Staff Sergeant Earl D. Parks distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the Prisoner of War Search and Rescue Operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant Parks performed aircrew duties on the lead aircraft of the force penetrating deep into enemy territory in the attempted rescue effort. With complete disregard for his personal safety in the face of enemy fire, he skillfully performed his normal aircrew duties and other functions which involved many highly important and precisely timed activities. Sergeant Parks' outstanding performance under harrowing circumstances contributed greatly to the success of the operation. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Parks has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
32nd Bombardment Squadron, Medium301st Bomb Wing12th Bombardment Squadron, Medium341st Organizational Missile Maintenance Squadron
96th Organizational Maintenance Squadron509th Organizational Maintenance SquadronTactical Airlift Units15th Special Operations Squadron
7th Special Operations Squadron
  1953-1956, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1953-1956, 301st Bomb Wing
  1956-1958, 12th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1958-1963, 341st Organizational Missile Maintenance Squadron
  1958-1963, 96th Organizational Maintenance Squadron
  1963-1966, 509th Organizational Maintenance Squadron
  1966-1968, 779th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1968-1969, 15th Special Operations Squadron
  1969-1973, 7th Special Operations Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War
  1970-1970 Vietnam War - Southwest Monsoon Campaign (1970)/Operation Kingpin (Son Tay Prison Raid)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-47 Stratojet  MC-130 Combat Talon/Shadow  
  1953-1956, B-47 Stratojet
  1966-1968, MC-130 Combat Talon/Shadow
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