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Russell Clinton Parrish

Gunner's Mate, Third Class, Navy

Born: February 23, 1916
Hometown: Hanover County, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: March 17, 1944
Died In: Atlantic Ocean
Awards: Purple Heart

Gunner’s Mate Third Class Parrish served as a member of an armed guard crew aboard USS James Oglethorpe that was sunk by a torpedo in the mid-Atlantic.

Before the war, he was employed by the Sanitary Grocery Company and as a timekeeper at the Richmond Foundry.

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