Rudolph Parker

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
28 July 1943 - 13 June 1969
Houma, Louisiana
Panel 22W Line 042


National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Rudolph Parker

23 Jul 2004

Dear Rudy,

It has been thirty-five (35) years, yet it still feels like yesterday.

All the smiles, the tears, the pain, it's all still the same in my Head, and my Heart.

You brought to me a Love for a Friend that I have not shared with anyone else. You have allowed me to be a better person for knowing you. You helped me become a man.

My Tribute to you is simple within itself: as long as I can take another breath, your Name and your Spirit will be remembered.

May the Angels hold you close and comfort you.

Jack C Lumpkin - the one who came Home.

13 Jun 2005

Today marks the Anniversary, 36 years.

My God, can a person's heart ache for that long?

Rudy, your life meant so much to so many,
it can't be explained why a person leaves such
an imprint, yet I think of you every day that
I breath.

My life was spared, yet my eyes are rarely dry,
my heart is always heavy, my mind is always focused,
my spirit awaits the time when we
are rejoined together.

God Bless you, my friend,
I know you are in a better place.

From a true friend,
Jack C Lumpkin

13 Jun 2006

Hey Rudy
It's Jack

Today marks 37 years, men and women are still preparing, fighting, and dieing, for the right to have freedom in this world.

The world has taken on a new face in regards to who we fight, where we fight, and how we fight. but the results stay the same, Americans take the biggest risks, and lose the most, but as always, we lead the way.

I miss you, my friend, I don't know how much longer I will be here, but if it ends today I know you will greet me with open arms.

I'm proud to have been with you. God Bless.

11 Jun 2007

Hey Rudy, Jack here.

38 years now. I talk about you to others a few times a month now, seems I have this thing called PTSD, the VA is involved, meetings, therapy and all.

They promise me that I should never forget you or others who made the ultimate sacrifice. I share our experiences - good, bad, indifferent. It makes me feel better, if only for the hour or so. I cry a lot.

Reality is this my friend:
I miss you,
Now and Forever.

Jack C Lumpkin

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Two men from B Company, 52nd Signal Battalion, were killed in an accident on 13 June 1969: SP4 Rudolph Parker and SP4 Walter J. Carney of New York, NY.

Ten days later, on 23 June, a third man, PVT Kenneth T. Anderson of San Diego, CA, died of injuries received in an accident on 13 June. Although it seems most likely, The Virtual Wall has not been able to determine with certainty if he was injured in the same incident that killed SP4 Parker and SP4 Carney.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 23 Jul 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009