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Alexander Parker

Death: Oct 2, 1900

Nationality: United States

Alexander Parker

Date of Death : Oct 2, 1900

Alexander Parker was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. Born in August 1832 in Kensington, New Jersey, Parker joined the Navy from that state. By July 25, 1876, he was serving as a boatswain's mate on the USS Portsmouth. On that day, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California, he attempted to save a shipmate from drowning. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor two weeks later, on August 9. Parker's official Medal of Honor citation reads: For gallant conduct in attempting to save a shipmate from drowning at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif., on 25 July 1876. Parker left the Navy while still a boatswain's mate. He died on October 2, 1900, at age 68 and was buried at Mare Island Cemetery in Vallejo, California.

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