Manuel Francisco Parra

Army of the United States
22 January 1948 - 08 August 1969
Los Angeles, California
Panel 20W Line 115

1 INF DIV 26th Infantry
Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Manuel Francisco Parra
Photo courtesy of his beloved mother

The database page for Manuel Francisco Parra

17 Jun 2001


You adored me that's for sure,
Of that, I am secure.
A love so innocent and pure,
I could see it in your eyes,
Although I didn't realize,
Until long after your demise.

Now what I wouldn't give,
For just another chance,
To hold your face, gently, in my hands,
And tell you that "I understand."
To say the things I should have said,
To you my darling friend,
"There never was another,
Who would ever take your place,
Because they never cherished me,
With such finesse and grace."

We were doomed from the start,
We never had a chance.
Because the world is cruel,
To people like me and you.
They mistook benevolence for weakness.
They didn't learn the truth,
That strength,
Is really meekness.
Oh, Satan is so ruthless!

But we both loved our GOD,
So we can rest assured.
That he will call you from the grave,
And send you home to me again.
There's not a day that goes by,
My thoughts are not on you.
However I know I have to wait,
For that glorious day,
When we will meet again.
So, sleep in peace my darling man,
Knowing that I care.
And I will never let you go,
"My childhood friend."

The way I did before...

Manuel F Parra

This is how I remember you best,
Love and miss you,
Sandi Silva
04 Aug 2003

It's been (almost) 34 years since you have been gone.
But you are still in my heart and my mind.
Will never forget you.

Misses you
Your cousin Betty

Betty Parra Gutierrez

24 Jan 2006

My brother-in-law Manuel ... every time I see your daughter, Sandra Parra, I see you also. She looks so much like you. I'm sure from up there you know you have three grandchildren. Very lovely too.

Your sister in-law Gloria

19 May 2007


You will always be in our hearts. I know you know this but I just had to let the whole world know you are a great grandfather. Your grandson Johnny is a proud daddy of a baby boy. The 3 of them are doing good. I want to say that your grandaughter Cheyanne has done so well that she is teaching catechism, your grandaughter Samantha is in kindergarten and she is a handful, but has very beautiful long brown blondish hair. Your daughter Sandra is doing very good also. She works for Kaiser Permanante, excellent position. We love you, brother in law.

Love, your sis in law,

01 Aug 2007


The date is coming up again. We miss you much. You now are a great grandfather. He is a doll. I don't have to say much because I know you can see from up there.

Your sister in law,

From his sister-in-law,
Gloria Hernandez

A Note from The Virtual Wall

A Company, 1/26th Infantry, lost three men on 08 Aug 1969:
  • SGT Manuel F. Parra, Los Angeles, CA;
  • SP4 Dennis J. Green, West De Pere, WI; and
  • PFC Dwight D. Foster, Detroit, MI.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 17 Jun 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009