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World War II - U.S. Naval Reserve

John Joseph Parle

  • Rank: Ensign
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. LST 375
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Naval Reserve
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 9 - 10, 1943
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Sicily, Sicily
For valor and courage above and beyond the call of duty as officer-in- charge of small boats in the U.S.S. LST 375 during the amphibious assault on the island of Sicily, 9-10 July 1943. Realizing that a detonation of explosives would prematurely disclose to the enemy the assault about to be carried out, and with full knowledge of the peril involved, Ens. Parle unhesitatingly risked his life to extinguish a smoke pot accidentally ignited in a boat carrying charges of high explosives, detonating fuses and ammunition. Undaunted by fire and blinding smoke, he entered the craft, quickly snuffed out a burning fuse, and after failing in his desperate efforts to extinguish the fire pot, finally seized it with both hands and threw it over the side. Although he succumbed a week later from smoke and fumes inhaled, Ens. Parle's heroic self-sacrifice prevented grave damage to the ship and personnel and insured the security of a vital mission. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient John J. Parle
Medal of Honor Recipient John J. Parle
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Nebraska
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 26, 1944
    Presented to his parents by Captain Dixie Kiefer at St. John's Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Born: May 26, 1920, Omaha, Douglas County, NE, United States
  • Died: July 17, 1943, Sicily, Italy
  • Buried: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (MH) (R-N-2-28A), Omaha, NE, United States

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