CDR Charles Thomas “Chick” Parsons

CDR Charles Thomas “Chick” Parsons

Birth
Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee, USA
Death
12 May 1988 (aged 86)
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Burial
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines Add to Map
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Son of Etta Mae Searcy B Feb. 1882 TN. They were married on December 22, 1899 in Bedford, Tennessee. No idea when Etta died.

He spied for General MacArthur during World War II in the Philippines. He was charged by MacArthur to contact soldiers who had taken to the hills when the Japanese defeated the US on Bataan and Corregidor in the spring of 1942. Those soldiers had been trying to organize themselves into a guerrilla force that could hamper the Japanese while they occupied the country.
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Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Charles Parsons, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession in action against an enemy of the United States. On or about 13 October 1944, Commander Parsons proceeded to Leyte, Philippine Islands, and effected a landing in enemy-controlled territory. At night, alone and unassisted in total disregard of his own safety, he made his way through the enemy lines and successfully established contact with friendly guerrilla troops ashore. He then provided for the successful transmittal to the Fleet of accurate information concerning enemy defenses, disposition and strength which was of great value to the Fleet in furtherance of landing operations. He further provided for the withdrawal to safety of friendly civil population without unduly alerting the enemy, thereby saving many friendly lives and much property. In the execution of these missions, for which he had volunteered, he repeatedly and in total disregard for his own safety, knowing exposed himself to the risk of death or capture at the hands of the enemy. The high courage exhibited by him and the brilliant and successful execution of his missions were a source of inspiration to all hands and of very material aid in the successful execution of the mission of the Central Philippine Attack Force. His conduct on this occasion was in accordance with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Contributor:
BarryC
Son of Etta Mae Searcy B Feb. 1882 TN. They were married on December 22, 1899 in Bedford, Tennessee. No idea when Etta died.

He spied for General MacArthur during World War II in the Philippines. He was charged by MacArthur to contact soldiers who had taken to the hills when the Japanese defeated the US on Bataan and Corregidor in the spring of 1942. Those soldiers had been trying to organize themselves into a guerrilla force that could hamper the Japanese while they occupied the country.
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Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Charles Parsons, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession in action against an enemy of the United States. On or about 13 October 1944, Commander Parsons proceeded to Leyte, Philippine Islands, and effected a landing in enemy-controlled territory. At night, alone and unassisted in total disregard of his own safety, he made his way through the enemy lines and successfully established contact with friendly guerrilla troops ashore. He then provided for the successful transmittal to the Fleet of accurate information concerning enemy defenses, disposition and strength which was of great value to the Fleet in furtherance of landing operations. He further provided for the withdrawal to safety of friendly civil population without unduly alerting the enemy, thereby saving many friendly lives and much property. In the execution of these missions, for which he had volunteered, he repeatedly and in total disregard for his own safety, knowing exposed himself to the risk of death or capture at the hands of the enemy. The high courage exhibited by him and the brilliant and successful execution of his missions were a source of inspiration to all hands and of very material aid in the successful execution of the mission of the Central Philippine Attack Force. His conduct on this occasion was in accordance with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Contributor:
BarryC

Gravesite Details

See the Smithsonian article on him at:https://www.smithsonianm130563888ag.com/history/without-chick-parsons-General-MacArthur-Never-Made-Return-Philippines-180964406/



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  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/183647055/charles_thomas-parsons: accessed ), memorial page for CDR Charles Thomas “Chick” Parsons (22 Apr 1902–12 May 1988), Find a Grave Memorial ID 183647055, citing Manila Memorial Park, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines; Maintained by Saratoga (contributor 46965279).