Pfc Daniel Ray Parker
Pfc. Daniel R. Parker of Lake Elsinore, California attended Lake Elsinore High School where he was an active member of ROTC. Dan grew up familiar with the military life. His grandfather had served and his father retired from the 82nd Airborne. His goal from an early age was follow in the footsteps of those two men that he admired, and at age 17 he joined the United States Army. Two weeks after his high school graduation, he left for basic training at Fort Sill. Dan believed that serving his country was more than tradition in his family, he also saw it as a public obligation to give something back. He had been in Iraq since March 2003. During his tour to Iraq, he was part of the team sent to the villa where two sons of Saddam Hussein were hiding, and Odai and Qusai Hussein were killed in the gunfight. Dan’s photo was taken by media after the gunfight and he was on the cover of the Los Angeles Times standing in front of the building. He felt that being a soldier is where he belonged, and planned to make the military his life, hoping to eventually become an Army Ranger. Growing up, he was active in church youth programs and had helped to coach and referee hockey. He leaves his father, Billy Parker, his mother, Sherri Parker, three brothers, Dustin, Dalton and Dallas, and a sister, Danielle. He was killed at age 18 when he was thrown from a military vehicle as the driver swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle Aug. 12 in Mosul, Iraq.
44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Burial is at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California – Sec 20B Site 19