Based: Ft. Campbell, Ky.
B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: August 12, 2003
Hometown: Lake Elsinore
High School: Lake Elsinore High School (Lake Elsinore)
Burial: Riverside National Cemetery
Family members remembered him as a dedicated young man who never wanted to do anything besides join the Army.
Parker's father, Billy, retired from the 82nd Airborne, family members said.
"He was born and bred in the military," said his mother, Sherri Parker, "and wanted to go in the military since he was 7."
She said that even though he joined the military directly after high school, he always found time to advise and write his four siblings: Dustin, 16; Dalton, 15; Danielle, 10; and Dallas, 6.
Danielle was the last one to receive a letter from her big brother. In it he had promised a trip to Disneyland when he returned.
Read more about Army Pfc Daniel R. Parker here and here.
Army Private 1st Class Daniel R. Parker previously remembered at Boom3 on Thursday, August 12, 2010.