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Ens John Joseph Parle
Birth: May 26, 1920
Omaha
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jul. 10, 1943

Medal of honor recipient. Rank and Organization: Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve. Born: 26 May 1920, Omaha, Nebr. Accredited To: Nebraska. Citation: For valor and courage above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of Small Boats in the U.S.S. LST 375 during the amphibious assault on the island of Sicily, 9-10 July 1943. Realizing that a detonation of explosives would prematurely disclose to the enemy the assault about to be carried out, and with full knowledge of the peril involved, Ens. Parle unhesitatingly risked his life to extinguish a smoke pot accidentally ignited in a boat carrying charges of high explosives, detonating fuses and ammunition. Undaunted by fire and blinding smoke, he entered the craft, quickly snuffed out a burning fuse, and after failing in his desperate efforts to extinguish the fire pot, finally seized it with both hands and threw it over the side. Although he succumbed a week later from smoke and fumes inhaled, Ens. Parle's heroic self-sacrifice prevented grave damage to the ship and personnel and insured the security of a vital mission. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. (bio by: Bill Walker) 

Cause of death: Injuries sustained in action
 
Burial:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Omaha
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bill Walker
Record added: May 09, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6404320
Ens John Joseph Parle
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Ens John Joseph Parle
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Ens John Joseph Parle
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- Lazer
 Added: Jul. 10, 2015

- Mona K
 Added: Jul. 10, 2015
Rest in peace, Ensign. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. God bless you for your gallant stand in defense of freedom.
- Sharon
 Added: Jul. 10, 2015
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