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b. 26/05/1920 Omaha, Nebraska. d. 10/07/1943 Tunisia.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09-10/07/1943 Sicily.

 

Parle was a 1942 ROTC graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

On July 9, 1943, Parle was serving as an ensign and was involved in the preparations for the Allied invasion of Sicily. On that day, he noticed a fire aboard a small boat loaded with explosives and ammunition. Knowing that an explosion would alert the defenders on Sicily of the impending invasion, he rushed to put out the fire. Although successful in dousing the flames, he later died of smoke inhalation.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

For valor and courage above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of Small Boats in the USS LST-375 during the amphibious assault on the island of Sicily, 9–10 July 1943. Realizing that a detonation of explosives would prematurely disclose to the enemy the assault about to be carried out, and with full knowledge of the peril involved, Ens. Parle unhesitatingly risked his life to extinguish a smoke pot accidentally ignited in a boat carrying charges of high explosives, detonating fuses and ammunition. Undaunted by fire and blinding smoke, he entered the craft, quickly snuffed out a burning fuse, and after failing in his desperate efforts to extinguish the fire pot, finally seized it with both hands and threw it over the side. Although he succumbed a week later from smoke and fumes inhaled, Ens. Parle's heroic self-sacrifice prevented grave damage to the ship and personnel and insured the security of a vital mission. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: HOLY SEPULCHRE CEMETERY, OMAHA, NEBRASKA.

Section R, Block 2, Division North, Lot 28a, Grave 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Joseph Parle

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