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Aikin Home » Veterans Remember » Charlie Parkman

Charlie Parkman

Posted 08.28.06 at 11:37 AM

Transcript of Oral History

NAME: Charlie Parkman
ADDRESS: Paris, Texas
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Navy
DATES OF SERVICE: N/A
LOCATIONS SERVED: South Pacific
INTERVIEWER: Brittany Ballard
DATE OF INTERVIEW: N/A

Ballad: What is your date of birth?

Parkman: December 19, 1925.

Ballad: What military branch were you in?

Parkman: I was in the United States Navy.

Ballad: Where did you serve?

Parkman: I was in the South Pacific.

Ballad: What war were you involved in?

Parkman: I was in World War II.

Ballad: What was your rank?

Parkman: Seaman First Class

Ballad: Were you drafted or did you enlist?

Parkman: I enlisted, I would be 18 the 19th of December, and my mother thought it would be wise if I joined the Navy instead of being drafted for the Army in 1943.

Ballad: At the time, was the drafting age 18?

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