Cpl. Tommy L. Parker Jr.

United States Marine
KIA 21 Jun 2004, Iraq
21, of Cleburne, Ark.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine
Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed June 21 killed in an ambush in Ramadi, Iraq, 60
miles west of Baghdad.
Tributes

This Memorial Page Established by-SFC Rod Brewer
In Honor Of CPL Tommy Parker Jr.

Corporal Tommy Parker Jr., 2/4 Marines, Operation Iraqi
Freedom. Sniper Team that had four KIAs on June 21, 2004. LCPL Deshon
Otey, LCPL Pedro Contreras, and LCPL Juan Lopez. Insurgents killed them
and stripped them of their weapons. Marine Snipers from the 3rd
Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment shot and killed an insurgent sniper and
spotter preparing to shoot passing Marines, June 16, 2006. And the insurgents
were going to use a stolen Marine sniper rifle for the attack. That
rifle- an M40A1- belonged to the "Magnificent Bastards" of 2/4. Stort in
Marine Corps News June 22, 2006. Christmas in Arlington... Rest easy,
sleep well my brother. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest
easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell.... Tommy, You Have Not Been Forgotten...
Semper Fi Teufelhunden. Rod.


September 22, 2011
MSgt Dennis Lawing
Cpl Parker,

Rest in peace Marine.  I remember the first day I met you, kind, honest, Gung Ho, and your
innate ability to be a part of something larger than life.  The Marines.  I remember your small
truck you wanted to beef up with a 350.  I wondered why that little truck and you said with a
grin "fun".  But first the Marines.  You could of had any job in the Marine Corps and done
anything in life; however, you chose to hold the line.  Remember, we spent time discussing
this; however, you chose the tip of the spear.  Of course I would not have expected anything
less from you.  You come from a fine family.  I remember the day you came back from recruit
training with your wife and new born daughter.  Your plans and dreams all spelled out to
SSgt Alexander and it all seemed so clear.    
I remember the day I got the very sad news and how hurt I was for you and those with
you/your family most of all.  I still try to call your dad every year; however, it is difficult to talk
of such loss.  I have boys of my own too.  I think of you wife and daughter as well as your
mother.  For the record, your fellow Marine Snipers took care of some unfinished business
and retrieved your Sniper Rifle almost to the date in 2006.  You will be missed Marine, Friend,
Father, Son and Husband.  I know where you are and I will see you in time.

Semper Fi~
MSgt Lawing
USMC
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