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Memorial Service for Col. Ralph Parr | Randolph AFB, TX


I had a teacher once that would judge things by whether they changed his life or not.  I can't hope to understand what powers created the intersection of the life of Col. Parr and mine, but it changed my life.  

This page is for everyone that wants to learn a little bit more about an American hero and a national treasure that in his culture's language has "flown west".  I need to thank Ken Murray, Col. Parr's Biographer for not only proofing my amateur video editing, but also the use of the Picture with Col. Parr holding the 2 aces at the end of the the Services Video.  This is not a professional video, it was a memorial service and a military burial with full honors.  I never wanted my taping to be obvious, especially at the interment, so please excuse the choppiness!  I hope that in a few weeks I will have a slide show added with some of Ken's pictures that he was able to take with a longer lens.  

Personal note:  Col Parr became a friend.  I had the priviledge of driving him to the club many times over the last 1 1/2 years of his life.  When we threw him a birthday party he rejected the title "hero" and said he was just doing his job.  Something every military person has said to me when I thank them for their amazing service.  He was a humble, funny man with amazing stories.  Please enjoy a few of them below!  

Ken Murray's book should be out by the end of the year!  Watch for a link here!




Here is a slide presentation I put together for his 87th Birthday.  Due to some strange cyber fluke, the one I updated for his 88th birthday has vanished.  They were very similar.  This one has less local information.  I had to pick a set spacing for slides. Some of the longer ones may not stay long enough. Rememeber you can always pause the video on longer slides.


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