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Freedom Fighter: Truman Parmer

Truman Parmer was to take part in five of the most historic invasions of World War Two. Aboard the U.S.S. Nevada, Parmer was a witness to history at the invasions of the Aleutan Islands, Normandy, Southern France, Iwo Jima and Okinowa. Parmer felt being on the giant battleship was one of the safest places he cold be during war, until the suicide ship plane hit the ship during the invasion of Okinowa.

Although the plane had been hit by the ship's guns, it spiraled into the ship only yards from Parmer. Eleven sailors were killed, including the two standing beside Parmer. 49 sailors were wounded including Parmer who didn't regain consciousness for several days. After recuperation from his wounds, Parmer was witness to still another historic event, the testing of the first atomic bomb.

Just weeks ago at Brookhill Scholl, Truman Parmer was presented with three new campaign medals to add to his Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal, over sixty years since he had earned them.

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