WWII veteran Bud Parker awarded Bronze Star in Red Oak, Iowa
Gail “Bud” Parker didn't talk much about his service during World War II after he returned home to Red Oak, Iowa, in 1946. It wasn't until a grandson peppered him with questions for a school project that Parker opened up about the war, and his astonished family learned of his participation in two key engagements: the Battles of Hurtgen Forest and the Bulge.
Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 12:00 am
Pfc. Gail “Bud” Parker sat propped against a tree in the frozen German forest, unable to walk or fight. The medic's morphine dulled the pain of the jagged shrapnel burning in his hip, but not his fear of the shells exploding all around him.
“I just didn't see how I could survive it — how anybody could,” he would tell his son Mark decades later. “We never stopped being scared. We just kept doing what we had to do.”
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