LTC Gabe Edward Parker, Jr

LTC Gabe Edward Parker, Jr

Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 8 May 1953 (aged 49)
Burtonwood, Warrington Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section V, Row B, Site 91.
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USMA Class of 1926. Cullum No. 7988.

Assemby, Volume XXXII, No. 4, March 1974, published by the Association Of Graduates, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Gabe Edward Parker Jr.
No. 7988. Class of 1926.
Died May 8, 1953 in Burtonwood Air Force Hospital, Warrington, Lancaster, England, aged 49 years.
Interment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, New York.
Gabe Edward Parker, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gabe E. Parker, was born in Durant, Oklahoma, on April 19, 1904. His father, who was one-eighth Choctaw, taught in the Indian School System. While serving on the Constitutional Assembly for the admission of Oklahoma into the Union, Gabe's father designed the Great Seal for Oklahoma. He was also head of the Five Tribes at Muskogee and later served as registrar of the Treasury under President Woodrow Wilson.

Gabe attended school in Washington, D.C. and Muskogee, where he was active in athletics and at the same time developed an exceptional talent in dramatics, winning first place in a statewide dramatic contest. In 1921 he received an appointment to the Military Academy from the Second Congressional District of Oklahoma and entered with the Class of 1925, but as has happened to so many good men, P. Echols decided he should take another run at Math with the Class of 1926. Gabe was too light for varsity football but he did a stint in intramural and later became the manager of the United States Military Academy team. His drama background drew him Color Line and Hundredth Night shows and he played the lead in the show our First Class year. Perhaps Gabe is best remembered as the baritone soloist in the Cadet Choir. He had a remarkably fine voice.

On graduation he chose the Field Artillery and after a furlough vacation in Europe he reported to the famous 12th Field Artillery at Fort Sam Houston, joining Calhoun, Dean, de Shazo and Sewall. Including those who reported to the other regiments of the 2d Division and those taking flight training at nearby Brooks Field, there were thirty classmates assembled in the San Antonio area. Those were halcyon days. Doctrine and technique evolving from World War I experiences were formulating and our training was thorough, hard and long. We profited greatly.

In those days after Peel boots, Albert Moore riding breeches and a shiny saber the first purchase a mounted officer made was a horse. Gabe being an excellent horseman and judge of horse flesh assisted each of us in selecting a horse. And next an officer usually started looking for a wife. There was a bevy of beautiful girls in San Antonio and here again Gabe made a fortunate choice. After considerable competition, partly from classmates, he persuaded Miss Virginia Grandy Whiting [1903-1994] to be his bride. They were married in St. Paul’s Church in San Antonio on the third of February 1927.

Since he was an only son Gabe decided soon after their marriage to resign and to join his father in the business world in Tulsa. Here their daughter Geanne was born. Gabe joined the Oklahoma National Guard and kept active in military matters.

In 1935 he took a position with the United States Treasury Department as procurement officer for Idaho. After a short period, he was assigned to Oklahoma where he served until March 1942 when he returned to military service. This time he received a commission in the Army Air Corps. He was stationed at Santa Ana, Los Angeles and San Bernardino in California and at Tinker Field in Oklahoma, where he was involved in the training of thousands of flying cadets and other Air Corps personnel. He also served as G2 and Director of Personnel.

Gabe returned to civilian life in 1946 and took a position as District Director for Eastern New York for the War Assets Administration Headquarters at Watervliet Arsenal. In 1950 he was appointed special assistant to the Commanding General, Burtonwood Air Force Supply Depot at Warrington, Lancaster, England. He and Virginia spent three happy years in England and traveling through Europe. On May 8, 1953 he suffered a coronary thrombosis and died in the base hospital in Burtonwood. He was buried at West Point. His loss was a grievous one to his family, classmates and friends. His name is on the Honor Roll for Distinguished Sons of Oklahoma.
T.E. deS.

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