Maurice A. "Chief" Parker
Former hief deputy
Maurice Parker, 74, dies
Maurice Allen "Chief" Parker, who commanded Fort Campbell's Criminal Investigation Division as a soldier and returned to the installation as a civilian criminal intelligence officer, died Saturday at a U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division Association convention in Columbus, Ohio.
He collapsed just after he was elected president of the association. He was 74.
Mr. Parker served his country for more than 50 years first as a soldier
later as a civilian employee; but both times pursuing his passion for law enforcement.
As a soldier in World War II, Mr. Parker was assigned to the 1st Special Services Unit (the Devil's Brigade) from its inception on June 16, 1942, until it was disbanded on Dec. 5, 1944. During that
time he captured 18 German soldiers, including two officers.
After, the unit was disbanded, Mr. Parker served in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He served in both the European and Pacific theaters and joined the: Parker Criminal Investigation Division" after the war. He also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He worked his way through more than a dozen criminal investigation offices, climbing the ladder from investigator to executive officer to commander.
He was detailed to the Secret Service in 1968-69, covering both the
Republican and Democratic national conventions.
In 1969, Mr. Parker was honored as the CID's outstanding criminal investigator.
His military honors include the Legion of Merit award, Bronze Star with V device, Purple Heart, Korea and Vietnam service medals, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Special Forces tab.
He retired from the Army in 1972 and joined the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department where he served as a training
officer, chief investigator and administrative assistant to former
Sheriff Paul Neblett.
After nine years of service, Mr. Parker
returned to Fort Campbell' s CID as a civilian criminal intelligence
coordinator and assistant operations officer.
As a civilian working for the Army, Mr. Parker received the "Superior
Civilian Service Award and the 3D Military Police Group Professional
Employee of the Year award. Mr. Parker was also an instructor at
Austin Peay State University's Fort Campbell campus, where he taught law
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Soldier's Chapel,
Fort Campbell, with the Rev. Peter Fitzgibbons officiating. Burial will
be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be at Sykes Funeral Home from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
He was born Aug. 6, 1921, in Sorrento, Maine, son of Herbert L.
Parker and Evelyn Leighton Parker. He was a member of the Fraternal
Order of Police, American Legion, Retired Officers Association, Special
Forces Association, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include his wife, Marie A. Kromenaker Parker,
Clarksville; one son, Lt. Col. Frederick G.. Parker, Denver; two
daughters, Cynthia Parker Jolly, High Point, N.C., and Barbara Parker
Murphy, Hephzibah, Ga.; one brother, Herbert L. Parker, Sacramento,
Calif.; two sisters, Francena Cole, Sanford, N.C., and Alice Parker, New
Hampshire; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jon Holloway, Stan Brown, Danny Wimmer, Charles
McCarits, Ron DeLucca, Chief Warrant Officer Jerry Unruh, Col. Greg
Lowe, Lt. Col. Date Perkins, Danny Fewless and Chief Warrant Officer
Larry Price. Memorials may be made to the Maurice A. Parker Scholarship
Fund for Military Law Enforcement, in care of Ron DeLucca, P.O. Box 285,
Clarksville, Tenn. 37401.
[The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, TN, 19 Sep 1995, Tue, Page 13]
Grave marker for Maurice A. Parker in Resthaven
Memorial Gardens, Clarksville (Montgomery county), Alabama.
Maurice enlisted in the Army on 21 June 1940 before the
draft law was fully enacted.
Sgt Parker was
transferred from the 92nd Replacement Regiment to HQ 2nd, 508th PIR on
16 January 1945.
He was admitted to the 241st
General Hospital Camp Sissonne, France on 8 March 1945 classed as a
non-battle casualty. He returned to duty on 15 March.
Sgt Parker was discharged on 1 July 1945 but re-enlisted
on 8 September 1947.
He was again discharged on
25 October 1951 and commissioned as a WO-1 the following day in the MOS
of a military police officer..
He retired as a
WO-4 on 31 July 1972.
When he died in Columbus,
OH after suffering a heart attack while attending a military reunion,
the Ohio state vital records section, in part, stated that died as as an
Inpatient at Mount Carmel Hospital-East, The time of death wss 01:11 PM,
Notably, it also stated that he had an education of 4
years college. When he had first enlisted in the Army he had
attained just a 4 year high school education. When and where he
completed the under-graduate degree is unknown but it was probably in
the field of law enforcement..