Thursday, August 18, 2011

Harvey Emmett Parkerson III, Marines, Sergeant -- Rest In Peace

Harvey Emmett Parkerson III, 27

Marines, Sergeant
Based: Camp Pendleton
Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: August 18, 2004
Najaf, Iraq
Married, 2 children
Gender: Male
Hometown: Yuba City
High School: Orland High (Orland)
Burial: Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego
Harvey Parkerson III had two very different roles in his life. He was the battle-toughened Marine thoroughly dedicated to serving in a war zone. And he was the tender, doting dad who sent his wife a stream of love letters from Iraq.
"He said he had a job to do," said his wife, Amanda. "He felt like he was making a difference. But he saw it as an honor and not just a job."
When he was off duty or on leave, Parkerson couldn't get enough of his two sons, 11-month-old Harvey Parkerson IV and 6-year-old Matthew (from a previous relationship).
"He wrote me a lot of love letters, beautiful letters, all the time," said his wife, whom he married in November 2002. "He didn't [write] about the conditions in Iraq. He never complained."

In addition to his wife and children, Parkerson is survived by his father and stepmother, Harvey and Nancy Parkerson Jr. of Marysville; his mother and stepfather, Lori and Tony Moreno of Orland; two brothers; and two sisters. Burial will be at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, Calif.
~ Harvey Emmett Parkerson III Ceremony ~  
Son Matthew 6 With Mother Lori
Read more about Marines, Seargeant Harvey Emmett Parkerson III in the
NC Times 
and LA Times.

Marine Sergeant Harvey Emmett Parkerson, III 
was last remembered at Boom3 on Wednesday, August 18, 2010.

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