Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
HONORING PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS H. TRAVIS PARKER; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 204
(House of Representatives - December 17, 2019)
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[Page H10604] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS H. TRAVIS PARKER (Mr. BURCHETT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. BURCHETT. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor Petty Officer First Class H. Travis Parker, an American hero who served in World War II and the Korean war. Mr. Parker enlisted in the Navy on August 26, 1942. He began his service on the USS Midway during World War II, flying Consolidated PBY Catalina seaplanes. He then flew Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes as a member of Scouting Squadron VS-62 during the Korean war. He was stationed on the USS Monterey. Petty Officer First Class Parker was honorably discharged on January 5, 1963, after nearly 21 years of service to his country. Mr. Parker became very involved with A.L. Lotts Elementary School after his military service. He was consistently present at the school, reading to children and serving as a mentor for troubled students throughout the years. Mr. Parker also devoted his time and resources to improving the school and always took it upon himself to help fix problems. He purchased school supplies and even fixed up a classroom after it was vandalized by hoodlums. Our country's heroes are the men and women of our Armed Forces like Mr. Parker, not those who throw a baseball or throw a football. They served and sacrificed for our freedom. It is my honor to recognize Petty Officer First Class H. Travis Parker as the Tennessee Second District's December 2019 Veteran of the Month. ____________________