TECHNICIAN FIFTH CLASS JAMES H. PARKS JR. was the son of James H. and Emma Parks. The family lived at 848 Bailey Street in Camden NJ during the war years and for some time thereafter.. He was inducted into the United States Army early in the war, and assigned to the 83rd Chemical Battalion, Motorized. He served overseas in North Africa and Italy.
James Parks was killed when the landing craft he was in, LST-422, was sunk by attacking German forces off the coast of Italy on January 26, 1944. Several other local men were lost, including a neighbor, Technician Fifth Class William W. Pheneger of 920 North 7th Street.
Technician Fifth Class James Parks was survived by his parents. His death was reported in the August 25, 1944 edition of the Camden Courier-Post. His family was still living on Bailey Street in the late 1940s.
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