*** Honor Mission**
Col. Gerald H. Parshall USAF Ret//PGR Member
FRI MAY 9th 1600hrs
Patriot Guard and associates,
Sadly we are called to stand for Gerald H. Parshall, who served our country honorably in the U.S. Air Force and was a fellow PGR member, may he rest in peace.
Colonel Parshall began his military career by enlisting in the Michigan National Guard on 10 July 1947. He came on active duty with the Signal Corps 28 August 1948. In July of 1950 he entered the United States Military Academy from which he was graduated, with a Bachelor of Science degree, in 1954. With his eye on the sky, Colonel Parshall transferred to the United States Air Force and entered flying training at Bartow Air Base, Florida, in August 1954. He received his silver pilot’s wings in August 1955 and after Navigator Training, reported to Lockbourne AFB, Ohio as an RB-47 co- pilot. He left SAC in June of 1959 to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan.
With Masters Degree in hand, he reported in July of 1961 to the USAF Academy, Colorado, as instructor of Electrical Engineering. In August 1962 he became an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Following a year at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, at the Air Command and Staff College, he became a C-130 pilot with the 48th TCS, Forbes AFB, Kansas.
Then in April 1967 he was off to the 554th Recon Sqdn at Otis AFB, Mass. and then Korat RTAFB, Thailand as an EC-121 aircraft commander. He returned to the United States, in November 1968, to the Defense Special Projects Group in Washington, D.C. He left Washington in April 1972 for the 554th Recon Sqdn, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, moving from pilot to Executive Officer to Squadron Commander before transferring to the 56th SOW as the Wing Flight Test Maintenance Officer.
Colonel Parshall returned to the Washington area in May 1973 when he was assigned to Headquarters, Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md. as a systems officer for Remotely Piloted Vehicles and then Division Chief for Air Launched Missiles. In 1976, he was assigned to the Pentagon and in July became Chief of the Management Group, Directorate of Development and Acquisition, DCS/Research Development. Colonel Parshall is a Command Pilot and accumulated over 4,000 hours flying time in 15 different aircraft. He has received the following awards: the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Legion of Merit.
This Hero was the father of our own PGR member Ed Parshall and we are sorry for your loss Sir.
We will provide a Flag Line at Wake which will run from 1600 to 2000hrs. There will be no PGR presence at the church or at the interment.
ASC Jack Casey will be RCIC and flags will be on site.
Friday May 9th
Cody White Funeral Home
107 Broad Street
God Bless America, Our Troops and 1st Responders!!
Gregg “Flag 7” Barratt
Patriot Guard Riders
Connecticut State Captain
Director, Honor and Remember of CT
“Standing for Those Who Stood for US”!