Noble S Parker

Noble S Parker







Noble S. Parker






Noble S Parker served honorably in the WWII Navy Armed Guard Service. He
served aboard two ships, the SS Ponce de Leon and the SS William H Webb.
His comments, made at my request, are provided below.


I served on the S.S. Ponce De Leon in 1943 & the S.S. William H. Webb in
1944.

I was born in Huntsville, Alabama September 30, 1925. We lived there until
they closed the mill. We moved to Gastonia, North Carolina in October of
1939 looking for work, like a lot of people during the depression. I
enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served until 1947. After basic training we
were sent to our duty in the Mediterranean Sea moving troops & supplies
from Africa to Sicily, then from Sicily to Italy. We sailed from the ports
of Oran & Bone Africa to Sicily. From Sicily to Naples, Italy. I was on a
troop transport until the end of the war in 1945.

On one of our stop overs in Sicily we had the opportunity to visit one of
our air bases. A B-17 pilot asked us if we wanted to fly on a bomb run
with them. We flew over southern France during the mission. Looking back, if
something had happened to the plane no one would have had any idea what
happened to 3 sailors.

After we left the Mediterranean we were sent to Wales to prepare for
Operation Overlord "D Day". While stationed in Wales my brother Ed was
stationed at Pembroke air field in England. He was a B-17 pilot flying
missions over Germany. I was supposed to go and visit him but missed the
bus. My ship was involved in the invasion of France. One of my best friends
from Gastonia, NC was killed as he left his landing craft that day.

We were in port in Antwerp, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. This
was in late 1944 & early 1945. We were issued uniforms & guns and told we
may be assigned to help the Army if things did not break. We never had to
go in!!

I don't remember dates that I was on which ship or exact date of the
events, this is in general how I remember those things. I spent the
remainder of my Navy career at the Charleston Navy shipyard in the
carpenter shop until I was discharged in 1947.

Since my discharge I have lived in Kings Mountain, NC, 47 years. Most of
that time I have been a carpenter by trade. I have two sons, John Steven &
David Lee Parker. John served in the Army during Vietnam in the Special
Forces. I worked the last 7 years prior to retiring at Pneumafil Corp.
building cabinets that housed electronics for the US Navy. I am now retired
and enjoying life.

This past November my eldest son John and myself went to Baltimore to visit
the S.S. John W Brown docked there. While on board it brought back a lot of
memories of my days on the Ponce De Leon & the William H. Webb. It was
almost like being back on board one of my old ships, the best part of the
memory was everything looked the same as then.

I have often wondered about the German Prisoners of War, if they had to go
back to Germany or were they allowed to stay in the states. Just about
every time we made a return trip we would bring back prisoners. Most of the
boys were in their teens or early twenty's. We all were so young. I just
wondered what happened to them.

Noble S Parker




Picture of Noble S Parker while in the Armed Guard


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Pictured below, left to right: Anderson, Tate and Noble Parker


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Pictured below is part of the SS Ponce de Leon gun crew with Noble Parker at the far right


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Pictured below are Noble Parker and friend Anderson


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Pictured below is Noble S Parker while visiting the SS John W Brown


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