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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