SGT Evan S Parker USA 10-26-2005 OIF South Haven, KS, age 25. Died at Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, on Oct. 26, of injuries sustained in Balad, Iraq, on Oct. 23, when his dismounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces who threw an explosive device from their moving vehicle. One time he asked his mother why he had so many freckles, and she told him they were kisses from God. His response was, ÒWell, tell God to quit kissing me so much.Ó At his funeral, Brig. Gen. Vern T. Miyagi described him as the soldier who would always do the right thing even though no one was looking. He left for Iraq in January of 2005 and was stationed at Anaconda, where he was immediately placed in charge of the ÒHeather Project,Ó a special mission to decrease the number of roadside attacks and ambushes. Evan successfully decreased the number from an average of 30 per month to three. Due to his success, in August of 2008, the ÒSgt. Evan S. Parker PavilionÓ was dedicated in his honor at Fort Shafter Flats OfficersÕ Army Headquarters in Honolulu. He was also awarded the Hawaii Medal of Valor.
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