From a contemporary press report:
Herman Parker, 72, a retired Army Sergeant Major who served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, died of cancer April 22, 2004, at the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington, Virginia. He lived in Washington.
Sergeant Major Parker was a native of Latham, Alabama, who served 30 years in the Army. His overseas posts included assignments in Korea and Germany.
In the Vietnam War, he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.
He retired from active military duty in 1983 while stationed at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, as a senior Army adviser to the Rhode Island National Guard.
He moved to Washington that year and began working for what is now the Department of Veterans Affairs as a program support assistant in the office of construction management. He retired again in 1998.
Sergeant Major Parker's avocations included boating. He was a past fleet captain of the District and National Potomac yacht clubs. He also belonged to the Tantallon Yacht Club in Swan Creek, Maryland.
His marriage to Ollie Parker ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Paula P. Parker of Washington; a stepson, Shawn Berger of Washington; three sisters; two brothers; and four grandchildren.
PARKER, HERMAN, SGM, USA (Ret.)
Departed this life Thursday, April 22, 2004. Devoted husband of Paula Parker. Survived by one son, Shawn Berger (Denise); four grandchildren, four sisters, four brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. Interment Arlington National Cemetery, Tuesday, May 11. Meet at the Administration Building at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Capital Hospice, 4401 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20008.
SGM US ARMY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 08/01/1950 – 08/01/1983
DATE OF BIRTH: 04/20/1933
DATE OF DEATH: 04/22/2004
DATE OF INTERMENT: 05/11/2004
BURIED AT: SECTION 34 SITE 2995
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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