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SGT USMC Elisha Richard Parker will always be remembered as a Marine. For his service and sacrifice, Eli is without question - a hero!
Our American Hero SGT USMC Elisha Richard Parker
Hometown: Camden, New York
Born in Rome, New York, on June 25, 1984, Eli was a 2002 graduate of Camden Central School. While in high school, Parker played soccer, ran track and competed on the Nordic ski team. During his senior year, he was his school's first recipient of the Cpl. Pat Tillman Award, which is given to a graduating senior who enlisted in the military for full-time active duty. He joined the Marine Corps immediately upon graduating from high school.
Eli's family and friends are proud of his accomplishments as an individual and as a Marine and will never forget his love for God, life, his country and fellow Marines. Sgt. Parker was currently on his third tour of duty in Iraq. He loved his job; he was born to be a Marine. Eli was a committed Christian throughout his life, being active in his church youth ministry. He possessed a thorough understanding of what it meant to be committed and live his life for God.
Sgt. Elisha R. Parker, 21, of Taberg, N.Y., died May 4, 20016 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Elisha R. "Eli" Parker had the heart of a warrior and the soul of a poet.
Forever Remember SGT USMC Elisha Richard Parker