From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jackson Parker '43

Date of birth: April 13, 1921

Date of death: October 26, 1942

Age: 21

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Jack was one of 57 men lost aboard USS Smith (DD 378) on October 26, 1942 when the ship was heavily damaged by attacking aircraft while screening USS Enterprise (CV 6) and USS Hornet (CV 8).

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.

Class of 1943

Jackson is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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