JACKSON W. PARKER, ENS, USN
Jackson Parker '43
Date of birth: April 13, 1921
Date of death: October 26, 1942
From the 1943 Lucky Bag:
The ship was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for her action that day.
From the Class of 1943 anniversary book "25 years later…":
Jack was born on 13 April, 1921 in Bonita, Mississippi. He was appointed from Mississippi and entered the Academy on 28 June, 1939. After graduation he reported to the destroyer USS SMITH in combat in the South Pacific. During the Battle of Santa Cruz on 26 October, 1942, the SMITH was defending the carrier ENTERPRISE against a wave of Japanese Torpedo Planes when one of the aircraft, torpedo and all, flung itself into the SMITH’s forecastle which erupted into a shower of flame. The SMITH was saved but with the loss of many lives including Jack's. He wore the Purple Heart, the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign, and the Presidential Unit Citation earned during the day Jack was killed. He was survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Octabia Parker who at Jack's death resided in Bonita, Mississippi.