SEAMAN SECOND CLASS ROBERT RICHARDSON PARKS; U.S. NAVY

June 27, 1924 (New York, NY) – May 4, 1945; 20 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 7 Elliot Avenue, East Norwalk
Service number: 8079347
USS MORRISON (DD-560)

Awarded the Purple Heart Medal

On the morning of May 4, 1945, off of Oshima, Japan, the USS Morrison was on station with Ingraham and four landing craft. When enemy planes appeared, Morrison, as usual, coached her combat air patrol into position to intercept and, in an hour-long battle, the Corsairs shot down two. Others broke through, however. While Ingraham and LCS 31 were hit, LSM(R)-194 was sunk and LCS-21 was also damaged, four suiciders struck Morrison in quick succession; three more grazed her and two others narrowly missed. There were also bomb explosions.

Ripped apart, Morrison sank in fifteen minutes, before there was time to abandon ship. “Pall bearer” LCS-21 picked up 179 officers and men, 108 of whom were injured. The remaining 152 shipmates, including most of those stationed below decks, were lost, “all the more regretted in view of the gallant fight to the finish,” wrote Capt. Frederick Moosbrugger, commanding the Okinawa destroyers. Admiral Nimitz concurred and Morrison received a second Navy Unit Commendation for this action.

USS Morrison

Memorialized at the Courts of the Missing, Court 1, Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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