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First Name: Samuel

Last Name: Parker

Birthplace: Monroe, NC, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Monroe, NC
Middle Name: Iredell

Date of Birth: 17 October 1891

Date of Death: 01 December 1975

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Years Served:
Samuel Iredell Parker

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Samuel Iredell Parker

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

World War I

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Iredell Parker (17 October 1891 - 1 December 1975) was a U.S. Army officer who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during World War I.

Samuel I. Parker was born on 17 October 1891 in Monroe, NC; he also entered the Army from that city.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company K, 28th Infantry, 1st Division.

Place and date: Near Soissons, France, 18-19 July 1918.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. During the attack the 2d and 3d Battalions of the 28th Infantry were merged, and after several hours of severe fighting, successfully established a frontline position. In so doing, a gap was left between the right flank of the French 153d Division on their left and the left flank of the 28th Infantry, exposing the left flank to a terrific enfilade fire from several enemy machineguns located in a rock quarry on high ground. 2d Lt. Parker, observing this serious situation, ordered his depleted platoon to follow him in an attack upon the strong point. Meeting a disorganized group of French Colonials wandering leaderlessly about, he persuaded them to join his platoon. This consolidated group followed 2d Lt. Parker through direct enemy rifle and machinegun fire to the crest of the hill, and rushing forward, took the quarry by storm, capturing 6 machineguns and about 40 prisoners. The next day when the assault was continued, 2d Lt. Parker in command of the merged 2d and 3d Battalions was in support of the 1st Battalion. Although painfully wounded in the foot, he refused to be evacuated and continued to lead his command until the objective was reached. Seeing that the assault battalion was subjected to heavy enfilade fire due to a gap between it and the French on its left, 2d Lt. Parker led his battalion through this heavy fire up on the line to the left of the 1st Battalion and thereby closed the gap, remaining in command of his battalion until the newly established lines of the 28th Infantry were thoroughly consolidated. In supervising the consolidation of the new position, 2d Lt. Parker was compelled to crawl about on his hands and knees on account of his painful wound. His conspicuous gallantry and spirit of self-sacrifice were a source of great inspiration to the members of the entire command.

President Franklin Roosevelt presented the Medal of Honor to Parker in 1936.

Parker remained in the Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Death and Burial

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel I. Parker died on 1 December 1975. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Concord, NC.

Honoree ID: 1805   Created by: MHOH




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