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Alexander Parker (Medal of Honor)

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Name  Alexander Parker
Role  Medal of Honor
Rank  Boatswain's mate
Died  October 2, 1900
Awards  Medal of Honor

Alexander Parker (Medal of Honor) Photo of Grave site of MOH Recipient Alexander Parker
Place of burial  Mare Island Cemetery, Vallejo, California

Service/branch  United States Navy
Allegiance  United States of America

Alexander Parker (August 1832 – October 2, 1900) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

Born in August 1832 in Kensington, New Jersey, Parker joined the Navy from that state. By July 25, 1876, he was serving as a boatswain's mate on the USS Portsmouth. On that day, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California, he attempted to save a shipmate from drowning. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor two weeks later, on August 9.

Parker's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For gallant conduct in attempting to save a shipmate from drowning at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif., on 25 July 1876.

Parker left the Navy while still a boatswain's mate. He died on October 2, 1900, at age 68 and was buried at Mare Island Cemetery in Vallejo, California.

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Alexander Parker (Medal of Honor) Wikipedia


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