Veterans' Memorial Project

Raymond Webb Parker

Champaign, IL

World War I

College: Engineering

Graduation Year: 1915

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 04/28/1893

Date of Death: 05/04/1918

Affiliations: Eta Kappa Nu; 2nd Lt., University Brigade

Lt. Parker served with the U.S. Army attached to 102nd Aero Squadron. He was with the Lafayette escadrille as an artillery observer. The University had received word that Lt. Parker had been reported missing on May 4, 1917, and it was feared he had been killed. But on June 17 word was received he was a German prisoner “while acting as airplane scout on a bombing expedition he was forced to land behind the German lines and was made a prisoner.” He is listed as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Somme American Cemetery, Bony, France.

-taken from Web site above and Illinois Alumni News, July 15, 1918

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