Alan Hugh Parks





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parksCorporal Alan Hugh Parks was born on November 13, 1948 to Mr. and Mrs. Max Parks of Bronson, Michigan. Alan graduated from Union City High School in 1966 and was a member of the 1965 - 1966 State Champion Debate Team. In 1965, Alan represented Union City High School at Wolverine Boys State. His skills in debating won him further honors. In August of 1966, Alan won first place in the 4-H state public speaking contest, and he later won state honors as a champion debater at Kellogg Community College, which he attended for two years. Alan Parks also was elected to the office of student vice-president of the Phi Rho Pi Honor Society and the National Organization of Junior College Debating and Forensics in 1967 - 1968. Alan worked for the Shell Oil Company before entering military service.

Corporal Alan Hugh Parks entered the Army on August 21, 1969. Alan was trained as an Armor Reconnaissance Specialist and served with A Troop, First Squadron, First Cavalry, Americal Division in Vietnam beginning his tour on January 11, 1970. Corporal Parks was stationed at Chu Lai and died as a result of burns when the vehicle he was driving was hit by enemy fire on May 27, 1970 in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam

Corporal Alan Hugh Parks is survived by his parents, wife, daughter, sister, and three brothers. He lived 21 years, 6 months and 14 days. Alan is resting in Sherwood Cemetery  in Union City, Michigan. Alan Hugh Parks name is listed under Manchester on the Vietnam Memorial located in Ypsilanti Township, and on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC on Panel 10W Line 110.

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Michelle Reynolds

Alan H. Parks was my Father
Sarasota, FL 34232 US
For those who have fought for it, Life has a very special flavor, that those who have not will never know.

Alan was my father. I was only 5 months old when he died. I can tell you that at 36 years old the loss of him in my life is as great as any other day I have had to live with it. I am returning to school and was applying for a scholarship where you had to tell about a person in your life you looked up to and my first thought was my father even though I never knew him. He had the courage to stand when many chose to run. My father did what had to be done and I will always respect him for that. I truly mourn his loss in my life. What my grandparents tought me about my father and what I learned of him while living in his old house while I was a teenager I hold dear to my heart. God Bless You DAD!I will always miss and love you more than you can ever imagine, but I know you are looking down on me and live in my heart!I love you!
Tuesday, March 14, 2006

John  Parks

Bronson MI 49028 USA
Constantly missed
Alan was my older brother by four years. His service to our country is just a small part of his being. I still live in the family home where he grew up and a single day does not pass that he is not a part of my thoughts. May God bless him, and all who served with him.
May 15, 2009


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