By Terrence J. Finnegan
|Colonel John H. Parker|
|One of Parker's Gattling Gun Crews in Cuba|
|Men of the Yankee Division at Seicheprey|
He did not finish the war unscathed. After the action at Seicheprey, he was given several new assignments culminating in being named commander of the 362nd Infantry of the 91st "Wild West" Division that went over the top on the first day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Three days into the battle, Parker was severely wounded twice. He spent the rest of the year hospitalized. The war and the fighting career of Machine Gun Parker were over.
John Henry Parker was a recipient of four Distinguished Service Crosses while serving as 102nd Infantry commander in battle—an incredible legacy and statement of the man.
|Parker's Grave at the Presidio of San Francisco|
This article is excerpted from Terry Finnegan's history A Delicate Affair on the Western Front: America Learns How to Fight a Modern War in the Woëvre Trenches. To purchase the book or for other articles and material on World War I, Air Intelligence and Reconnaissance, and Military Aviation, visit the author's website: