RAYMOND F PARKS
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 25 OF THE WALL

RAYMOND FRANCIS PARKS

WALL NAME

RAYMOND F PARKS

PANEL / LINE

1E/25

DATE OF BIRTH

10/29/1931

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/15/1963

HOME OF RECORD

DENNISON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Tuscarawas County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RAYMOND FRANCIS PARKS
POSTED ON 5.29.2020
POSTED BY: Shane Porter

My Great Great uncle

This man is my Great great uncle. My grandma spoke of him plenty of times, missing her Uncle. Rest In Peace Hero, our family is so proud to have you as our Hero! You will never ever be forgotten!
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POSTED ON 9.6.2018
POSTED BY: Gayla Bagents

Wearing POW/MIA bracelet

I've been wearing SSG Parks' name on my arm since 1984. I did not know him, but will never forget him either. Was hoping some day to place it on his grave when he is returned home.
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POSTED ON 12.22.2017
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

My POW/MIA flag is displayed 24/7 in remembrance of all the lost warriors. :-(
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POSTED ON 11.21.2017
POSTED BY: Mayvee Smith

You are NOT Forgotten

You are NOT Forgotten, I uploaded your photo from your wife, Betty and sons, John and Donald. You are loved and still missed. Your sister, Carmella 'Joann' shared many stories about you. They keep you close to their hearts that one day you may come home. I was an honor to find your photo. Thank you for your Service!
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POSTED ON 5.1.2016

Final Mission of SSGT Raymond F. Parks

Special Forces SGT Raymond F. Parks and a Thai interpreter were aboard a Camair Navion aircraft, tail number N229, flown by Alan Blewett on July 14, 1962. The aircraft, owned and operated by B.I. Bird & Sons Company, was flying a U.S. Government contract mission inside Laos. On that day, the Navion was on a flight from Vientianne to Saravane, Laos. Parks was working in the White Star operation, which, depending on the time frame, trained and advised the Forces Armees du Royaume, staffed Laotian military schools, and conducted Meo and Kha unconventional warfare programs. At times White Star personnel worked under the auspices of the CIA, training Meo 100-man "Auto Defense de Choc" (shock) teams to be dispersed throughout the highlands to ambush and raid Pathet Lao forces, and at other times were the "eyes and ears" of MAAG, gathering intelligence and reporting how equipment and supplies were being used. By July, 1962, White Star had reached its peak strength of 433 uniformed Special Forces personnel. When Blewett's aircraft failed to arrive at its interim stop at Pak Sane as scheduled, a communications check was initiated, with no response. Aerial and ground searches were initiated, including visits along the suspected flight path. No trace was ever found of the aircraft or its crew. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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