PARKER, JAMES EDWIN, Sergeant, # 19191138, USAAF
James E. Parker was born on 10 June 1923 in Port Arthur, Jefferson Co., Texas to Edwin Lewis Parker (1891-1980) (AL) and Ora (O’Neal) Parker (1895-1974) (LA) (married 17 July 1922, TX). Siblings included Ruth Elizabeth (Parker) Butaud (1925-1982), Mildred Octavia (Parker) (Oliver) (1929-2005), John Milton Parker (1935-2001). Living with them in 1940 was a paternal uncle, William R. Parker (1911- ), paternal grandfather, John Graves Parker (1860-1943), paternal grandmother, Mittie Elizabeth (Miller) Parker (1870-1945), maternal grandfather, James M. O’Neal (1854- ) (widowed – Emma (Varnell) O’Neal) (LA).
After enlisting, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-47. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-100613, “Jinx Buster,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, Dinjan, India, departed the airfield at Chenyi, China, after a combat mission, on a flight to Dinjan, India. It was last contacted by radio by Cpl. L. E. Brand, 39271819, at about 1750Z, near 26º 08’ North & 100º 09’ East; 20 miles North of Lake Tahi. The remains of the crew (McGrew, Griffin, Janek, Parker) were recovered but were not identifiable individually; they were buried in a group burial in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Tennessee on 7 November 1947 (Sec. Y, Graves 248, 249, & 250). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His father, born 20 October 1891 in Roberts, Alabama, registered for the WW I draft on 6 June 1917 in Port Arthur, Texas, described himself as of medium height and weight with red hair and brown eyes. He served during WW I, a Private. He died in 1980.