Parker Knoll

24 Jun 19
Northwest Premier League

It was a big weekend for the league leaders with Capital FC Atletica facing both the Seattle Stars and Washington Premier, and it was also a big weekend for five teams chasing the final two playoff spots. It was a weekend of heart break and joy for the Oly-Pen Force and after it all played […]

22 Jun 19
KLEK 102.5 FM

06/18/2019 JONESBORO – Arkansas State University has released the list of students who were awarded diplomas on the undergraduate and graduate levels during the 2019 spring commencement ceremony May 11 in the First National Bank Arena on campus. Chancellor Kelly Damphousse conferred more than 2,000 diplomas during the two ceremonies in the First National Bank […]

19 Jun 19
F3 Boone NC

AO: MusketConditions: A comfortable 62 degrees F, not raining (somehow)PAX: Armor, Wildcat, Lassie, FNG (now Shake’N Bake), Chunder, Shooter, Kodak (QIC) = a Magnificent 7 Disclaimer: Given with the hard-nosed zeal, yet caring love, of a strict grandmother. Again, another strong showing for F3 Boone’s earliest scheduled workout. I honestly think that the early morning […]

17 Jun 19
Fairfax County Police Department News

CALLS FOR SERVICE SUMMARY: Date Covered: 06/14/2019-06/16/2019 Total calls for Service: 4,201 Total Domestic Related Calls for Service: 112 Total Persons Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Calls for Service: 44 Total Crash Calls for Service: 203 SULLY DISTRICT STATION COMMERCIAL ROBBERY: 14021 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Latash Couples Boutique), 6/16/19, 5:02 p.m. A man entered the […]

14 Jun 19
The daily meanderings of a teacher

Bird Droppings June 14, 2019 Amazing how intertwined the strands of life really are   I was asked at dinner one time when did I start teaching and I responded at age twelve. The group I was with was thinking I was being my typical sarcastic self. Then I explained I started teaching swimming with […]

10 Jun 19
Morning Announcements GBDSS

Congratulations to North Simcoe’s first OFSAA Gold Medalist Pole Vaulter Bennett Woods! This past Thursday Friday and Saturday 8 GBDSS student athletes competed in the second largest Track & Field meet in North America with the top 24 Ontario athletes in each event attending. Our very own Bennett Woods won “OFSAA Gold” in Jr Boys Pole […]

07 Jun 19
Cleaver Magazine

It took a good two weeks to adjust to returning to Boston from Hawaii. Not because of the time change—that only took a few days. It was the shift in the color spectrum that threw me. In Hawaii, it was the vivid blue sky and the turquoise ocean, the yellow pineapples and the pink hotel, the white ginger leis and the red hula skirts. Here in New England, we’re eternally evergreen with gray blue skies and dark blue seas, we live in white houses and wear dark suits. New England is beautiful, yes, but in a much more somber, subdued way.

05 Jun 19
Twin Cities
Editor’s note: On D-Day, Lt. Charles Parker led a company of Rangers from Omaha Beach to Pointe du Hoc. Decades later, in 1994 — in advance of the 50th anniversary of D-Day — the Pioneer Press interviewed Parker, then 75 and living in Anoka, about his World War II service. About 8:30 a.m., June 6, 1944, Lt. Charles H. Parker was in command of a company of Rangers approaching Omaha Beach in an assault boat. “That was a bitch. That channel was wild, stormy. It was so rough. Three-quarters of the men were vomiting. Boats were floundering. “We saw what was happening on Omaha, with the 29th Division. They were just being slaughtered. Our battalion commander slid our whole force east about 500 yards so we landed with far fewer casualties and with our command intact. We were the only ones there that did that. “Our particular coxswain, the boat I was in, put us right on a sand bar, so we stepped out in not more than knee deep water. In that area, it’s a very long way on sand when the tide was all the way out, 150 yards, and then as you get closer, you’ve got an area of small little round rubble rocks which are hard to maneuver in and you’re carrying your packs, your weapon, your ammunition. By the time you got all the way in, you’re down to a walk despite all the fire coming in on you.” The Rangers’ mission was to capture Pointe du Hoc and destroy German guns that could sweep American landing zones. Three companies from the Rangers 2nd Battalion were to climb the 100-foot cliffs facing the sea in a direct attack. In case they failed, Parker’s Ranger 5th Battalion and three other companies of the 2nd Battalion, were supposed to land on Omaha Beach, fight their way inland and capture the guns from the landward side. Getting off the beaches, “We didn’t lose too many on the way to the top of the bluffs. On the way we knocked out a number of machine gun nests,” Parker said. Just off the beaches, near a town called Vierville sur Mer, Parker and two other Rangers started coming under fire from a German sniper. The two other men were wounded, and the sniper’s bullets began hitting Parker’s backpack. “I was lying flat so that I had to struggle out of the pack and abandon it so I could go faster into the ditch. So I came out of the thing without even a holster. I just had a .45 in my hand,” he said. Parker crawled away and began to lead his company toward Point du Hoc. But when he got a chance to take a head count, he had only 23 men out of 65. He also had lost contact with the rest of his Ranger batallion of about 550 men. “I didn’t find out for three days that the lieutenant midway in my column had gotten shot in the arm, and he had stood up and broken the column, and by that time, higher ranking officers had come along and sequestered the whole damn battalion to help clear this town, Vierville sur Mer. I didn’t know that either. I thought, `Well, everyone’s gone ahead, and I’m late. I stayed in that ditch too long.”’ Parker said he felt he didn’t have any choice but to press on with his 23 men, moving across the fields inland from the sea and through a series of tiny Normandy towns on their way toward Pointe du Hoc. “It was a lonely feeling. But what else are you going to do? You just can’t quit. “There was a time when I couldn’t hear the fight on the beach, and as far as I knew we were the only ones in this that was left. We were running constantly into knots of Germans, and we took a bunch of prisoners. “Finally, we ran into a situation where we couldn’t keep going ahead. This is hedgerow country. The hedgerows had been there for centuries. It’s so solid, with brush and everything so the roads are like tunnels. Well, we could hear the Germans coming on each side of us, talking on the other side of the hedgerows, and occasionally, we were throwing grenades back and forth at each other. But they were getting behind us. So I turned loose all the prisoners and we just took off on a dead run to the rear until we ran beyond where the Germans were coming around us.” Parker and his men eluded capture and spent the rest of the day covering the four miles from Omaha beach to Pointe du Hoc, where they ran into the Rangers who had successfully scaled the cliffs and captured the point. “I was so happy to hear an American challenge when we reached the outpost line of the 2nd Battalion. It was still daylight, 9 o’clock in June.” Parker and his 23 men were the only soldiers to be in two of the most dangerous places for Allied soldiers in Normandy that day, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc, an accomplishment that won him a Distinguished Service Cross. The Rangers on Pointe du Hoc, however, were being hit by German counterattacks that threatened to displace them. At 4 a.m. June 7, Parker was sent by the officer commanding the Rangers on Pointe du Hoc to try to get reinforcements. Parker and seven men crawled along the cliff edge to try to get back to the rest of the American forces at Omaha Beach. Although the cliff was sown with anti-personnel mines, a berm marking the boundary of the mine field protected Parker and his patrol from Germans who were firing on them. “That was our protection because we had a couple machine guns that followed us. So we’re on our bellies probing ahead of us, every man touching the heel of the man ahead of him, the lead people probing with bayonets, to get these little mustard pots, these little anti-personnel mines, digging them out and setting them carefully aside.” Parker’s patrol traveled about two miles that way until they were stopped at Pointe de la Percee, a German radar installation. “We couldn’t go any farther. There was a naval ship, a destroyer, that was blowing the damn thing down steadily. They were hitting the cliff right below. There was no way for us to get out and around, the damn machine guns were still out there.” Parker and his men crawled back to Pointe du Hoc where the Rangers fought off German attacks for two days until the main American forces reached them. The next day, “We had one of nastiest fights at what are called the Maisy batteries,” a German artillery emplacement near Pointe du Hoc. “It was a little knoll on a flooded plain so you had to come across shallow water to get to it. So that was a question of getting into the trenches and digging them out, and we did that, and got them to surrender. But there were some SS men in there and they came out and they started shooting their own men in the back for surrendering and that just broke everything apart. The Germans all scattered again and we had to do it all over again. So that was a very vicious fight.” Once the battery was captured, however, the Rangers found a trunk suitcase with 50,000 French francs, the undispersed payroll for the German soldiers in the region. “Some of the guys were lighting their cigarettes with 100-franc notes, and some of them were wiping their butts with it.” Parker fought with the Rangers across France and Germany until May 1945. He had bullets pass through his shirt and a gun shot out of his hand, but was never seriously wounded. “I never missed a day at the office,” he said. But Parker, 75, knows he’s far from immortal. He’s had cancer twice, and is suffering from emphysema. This month, he has returned to Normandy for the first and last time. “It’s the 50th and I’m able to do it. Maybe I won’t be available in the next 10 years or anything. “I’m hoping I can get someone who can give me a ride from the beach and the point on the back roads. I certainly won’t be able to walk it again. “I’d like to see the Maisy batteries again. There are some long valleys down there with small hamlets in them, where we just followed them and fought from one town to the next.”[related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] After the war, he worked as a salesman for Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co. for 28 years before retiring in 1984. He got married and had four children. But he said the war was “the biggest event in anyone’s life who took part. It’s odd, but I’ve worked with some people and known them for 30 years and been friends with them, but there’s not the same feeling as the little more than two years I spent with the Rangers. It’s a crucible that really cements relationships.” Editor’s note (continued): In 1994, Pioneer Press columnist Katherine Lanpher and photojournalist Bill Alkofer accompanied veteran Charles “Ace” Parker of Anoka to Pointe du Hoc in Normandy for the first time since he fought there on June 6, 1944 — D-Day. POINTE DU HOC, Normandy — Lt. Charles “Ace” Parker, 5th Battalion of the U.S. Army Rangers, knows well the landscape on the top of this cliff, how the terrain looked when he finally arrived at 2100 hours on D-Day: It resembled an eerie moonscape then, nothing but blasted dirt and deep craters. Fifty years later, the ghostly quality of the area remains. A casual tourist still thinks of the moon’s surface, but the picture has softened since Parker was last there. The craters have filled in some, covered with grass. It is Ace’s first time back. He looks at the velvety cover now given to the deeply pocked land. “There wasn’t a green stick on the ground here then,” he says. Despite the afternoon’s driving rain, tour buses clog the parking lot at the point and children walk with their grandparents where Parker and his men once crawled on their bellies. He points to a bomb hole where rubble from an eroding German bunker sits in broken slags. Someone has thrown a pop can into the breach. Whoever did that has a far different picture of this land that Parker and other men fought so hard to gain. This is not a tourist stop for Ace. He is 75. He knows he probably will not return to these scenes – the point, the landing at Omaha Beach, the nearby chateau where he and two others were met by sniper fire and he emerged with only his Army issue Colt .45. He still has the Colt. He still has – but rarely mentions – the Distinguished Service Cross he received for his bravery at the cliff up here and the beach down there. And he still has the pictures in his mind’s eye of the moonscape that was Pointe du Hoc and the fiery hills that stood above Omaha Beach. Ace is like many of the returning veterans, back one last time to see the earth, the surf, that somehow allowed them – but not others – to pass and live. He surveys the battlefield, left untouched as a testament. Sightseers snake through the remaining German emplacements, traversing what used to be a minefield. “It is a much kinder landscape,” he says. The only sights trained on Parker this afternoon are those of videocameras. His son, Jeff, 45, has made the trip with him; so has his nephew, Gerry Parker, 51. They are not the only ones to aim cameras when Parker starts to talk. The scene repeats over and over and not only on the point, not only with Parker. Wherever a D-Day veteran goes in this region this weekend, when he starts to reminisce, a small and discreet crowd gathers, their heads nodding to encourage more stories. Go on. And then what happened? Parker is in the middle of a memory, standing on an asphalt path at Pointe du Hoc, when he is interrupted. Another Ranger – 2nd Battalion – stops and grabs his arm. “This man is a hero,” Lou Lisko, veteran and Ranger historian announces to the crowd. “This man is a separate saga of Pointe du Hoc.” The two men talk and chaff at each other. Lou grumbles that if he had been in Ace’s position on D-Day, he wouldn’t have released his German prisoners to keep from being captured by the other German soldiers he heard nearby. What would Lou have done? Well, he would have shot them. “You’d have been a fool,” Parkers says evenly. “In the next few minutes, you could have been a prisoner yourself, surrounded by German bodies.” There has been talk of a Ranger movie, Lou says before he moves on in the crowd. Whoever makes the epic of the Rangers and Pointe du Hoc should be sure to include an epilogue, a scene of the survivors as it played out Saturday: gray-haired men, many with hearing aids, pacing the point, walking the beach, comparing memory to the reality of what has endured. On the sands of Omaha Beach, Parker misses the rocks that made walking so difficult. His glasses are beaded with the day’s incessant rain and he peers through them at the tide rolling in, a space that offered no refuge 50 years ago. “There was nothing to hide behind,” he says. Later that evening, the nearby town of Grandcamp holds a dinner for the returning Rangers and their families. A huge tent encompasses a banquet strewn with floral arrangements and flags. Parker has rounded up the few members of his A Company – he was commanding officer – he can find. He once led men crawling through the dirt, gingerly extracting mines – called mustard pots – out of the earth. Now they sit at a white-clothed table, plates heaping with salad and ham and sausage. Parker survived the war and he survived 50 years. He looks back at the war and the tests he passed. He sits, surrounded by his son and nephew and the men he used to command. They all know him as a hero. Parker knows what he has in this moment and he names it. “To be here,” he says, “that’s the gift of life.”[related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] For his actions on D-Day, Lt. Charles “Ace” Parker was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second-highest military award that is given for “extraordinary heroism … while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States.” He was later inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame. In 1999, he published a memoir, “Reflections of Courage on D-Day & the Days that Followed: A Personal Account of Ranger ‘Ace’ Parker.” Parker passed away of natural causes on Feb. 7, 2000. He was 80. 
02 Jun 19
Sport Archives

Carlton recruit Alex Fasolo is back in the senior team for the first time since Round 2 as the Blues look for their second win of the season against Essendon. Fasolo, who crossed to the Blues from the Magpies as a free agent at the end of last year, has made a slow start to […]

31 May 19
Morning Announcements GBDSS

Congratulations to all GBDSS Track & Field athletes on an outstanding Regional performance. As a team GBDSS placed 13th out of 103 schools while only fielding 15 athletes. Individualls moving on to OFSAA Midget Boys Pole Vaulter Aidan Withrow & Parker Roper finished 1st and 2nd jumping 2.50m. Junior Boys Pole vaulters Bennett Woods and Liam […]