Death Certificate for Oley O. Parsons in Salem (Salem
City), Virginia showing that he succumbed to stomach cancer as well as
Cachexia, the weakness and wasting of the body due to severe chronic
illness. He was cremated and apparently inurned at the Sherwood
Crematory and burial Park, Salem (Salem City), VA
Oley enlisted in the Army
at Huntington, WV on 8 January 1943 and went through basifc training
andf jump school before being shipped to England.
On 5 April 1944, Pfc
Parsons was transferred from Field Force Replacement Depot No. 8 to
Company G, 508th PIR.
Pfc Parsons was wounded in
action on 23 September 1944 and evacuated to a field hospital. He
returned to the company on 6 November 1944 but was immediately
transferred to Service Company for light duty and rest. On 11
November 1944 he admitted to the 182nd General Hospital in Sudbury
England and returned to Service Company on 8 December 1944. He was
transferred back to Company G the following day.
On 27 December he was
wounded in action and treated at an aid station. He returned to
duty the next day.
Oley married Irene Thelma
Stevenson in Nottingham, England on 15 March 1945, she preceded him in
death on 28 October1999 in in Salam, VA.
decorations include the Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the
Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for participation in Normandy