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#neverforget: Lance Corporal Jonathan Wade Parker, South Carolina Highway Patrol, EOW May 16, 2005


Trooper Jonathan Parker was killed when his patrol car was deliberately rammed during a vehicle pursuit of a robbery suspect near the intersection of Highway 527 and Highway 378.

The suspect had robbed a convenience store at a truck stop on I-95 earlier in the morning and was being pursued by Clarendon County deputies and Manning police officers.

Trooper Parker, who was ahead of the pursuit, had stopped his patrol car on the shoulder of the highway to wait for the pursuit to reach his location. It is believed that the suspect intentionally drove into the patrol car, causing it to burst into flames. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended at the scene.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole. He was sentenced to an additional 25 years for failure to stop.

Trooper Parker had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 5 years, and had previously served with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother, and four sisters.


#imnohero: John R. Alison, Major General O-8, U.S. Air Force


John Alison was born on November 21, 1912, in Micanopy, Florida. He was commissioned a 2d Lt in the U.S. Army Reserve through the Army ROTC program at the University of Florida on June 10, 1935, and he entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Corps on June 30, 1936. Lt Alison was awarded his pilot wings at Randolph Field, Texas, on June 9, 1937, and then served with the 33rd Pursuit Squadron of the 8th Pursuit Group at Langley Field, Virginia, from July 1937 to May 1941. He next served with the 57th Pursuit Group at various bases in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, from May to October 1941, followed by service as a Military Attache and observer in England and Russia. He served with the 16th Fighter Squadron of the 51st Fighter Group in India, and then with the 75th Fighter Squadron of the 23rd Fighter Group in China, from July 1942 to May 1943. During this time, Col Alison served as the commander of the 75th Fighter Squadron from December 1942 to May 1943, and was credited with the destruction of 6 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1 probable and 1 damaged. He returned to the U.S. and was assigned as commander of the 1st Air Commando Group at Seymour Johnson Field, North Carolina, in October 1943, and then deployed to the China-Burma-India Theater in January 1944. Col Alison commanded the group until the end of the war, and then resigned his commission on August 11, 1946. He joined the Air Force Reserve on June 5, 1947, and retired as a Major General in the reserves on November 20, 1972. After World War II, Alison served as an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, President of the Air Force Association, and as Vice President of the Northrop Corporation, retiring in 1984. He was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005. John Alison died on June 6, 2011, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

His Distinguished Service Cross Citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, TENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 30 July 1942, over Hengyang, China. On that date, Major Alison took off in a P-40 fighting plane at 1:00 a.m. to intercept an enemy formation of three heavy bombers flying at 15,000 feet over Hengyang. Without hesitation, he closed for attack upon this superior force, and although receiving fire from the hostile wing ships in engine and cockpit, he delivered fire in succession to each of the three bombers, two of which burst into flames and crashed. The other turned from the attack with smoke pouring from both engines and probably did not reach its home base. With his damaged plane failing and pursuit impossible, Major Alison would have been justified under the circumstances, in leaving his ship by parachute, but he chose to attempt a night crash landing in order to save his vitally needed equipment. Being unable to reach the field, he landed in a nearby river, from which his plane was salvaged. In attacking this superior force at night, destroying two bombers and possibly the entire hostile formation after his ship had been damaged by enemy cross fire, and then attempting to save his stricken plane, Major Alison displayed extraordinary heroism and outstanding skill. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.



#neverforget: Patrol Officer Stephen J. Arkell, Brentwood Police Department, New Hampshire, EOW May 12, 2014


Patrol Officer Stephen Arkell was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute at a home on Mill Pond Road shortly before 5:00 pm.

He had entered the home with other officers when a male subject opened fire, killing him. The other officers were forced to retreat from the home because of the gunfire.

A short time later a massive explosion and fire destroyed the home. The subject is believed to have been killed in the explosion.

Patrol Officer Arkell had served with the Brentwood Police Department for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


#imnohero: Donald N. Aldrich, Captain O-3, U.S. Marine Corps


Don Aldrich was born on October 24, 1917, in Moline, Illinois. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in February 1941, receiving his pilot wings in November 1941. Aldrich served as an instructor pilot in Canada before receiving a commission as a 2d Lt in the U.S. Marine Corps on May 14, 1942. Capt Aldrich flew three tours with VMF-215 in the Solomons, and was credited with the destruction of 20 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 6 probables between August 1943 and February 1944, all while flying the F4U-1 Corsair. He remained in the Marines after the war and was killed while landing his Corsair at Ashburn Airport in Chicago on May 3, 1947.

His Navy Cross Citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism as Division Leader of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED FIFTEEN in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands and Bismarck Archipelago Areas, from 5 January to 15 February 1944. Intercepted by vastly superior numbers of enemy aircraft while flying escort for our bombers during strikes over the strongly defended Vunakanau and Lakunai Airfields on 20 and 26 January, Captain Aldrich fought gallantly against tremendous odds, immediately plunging to the attack and destroying four of the hostile planes. Returning from an escort mission deep in enemy territory, he and his wingman observed five Zeros attacking one of the pilots of his formation parachuting from a damaged plane and, hurling themselves at the enemy with a fury that balanced unequal odds, drove the Zeroes away, enabling the pilot to make a safe landing. Disregarding severe personal wounds and damaged inflicted on his plane during an escort mission over Tobera Airfield on 28 January, he continued the fierce engagement despite overwhelming aerial opposition and shot four hostile craft from the sky. Destroying a total of fifteen Japanese aircraft during this period of intense aerial operations, he contributed essentially to the protection afforded our bombers and his bold tactics and brilliant combat record reflect the highest credit upon Captain Aldrich and the United States Naval Service.



#neverforget: Trooper Andrew Thomas “Andy” Wall, EOW May 7, 2011


Trooper Andy Wall was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Sam Ridley Parkway, near Stonecrest Parkway, in Smyrna, while escorting members of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds to an air show.

Another vehicle struck the motorcycles that Trooper Wall and another trooper were riding. Trooper Wall was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The other trooper was treated and released.

Trooper Wall had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for seven years and had previously served with the Dickson Police Department for 7-1/2 years. He is survived by his parents, sister, and girlfriend.


#imnohero: Victor R. Adams, Master Sergeant E-7, U.S. Air Force


Victor Adams was born on January 6, 1938, in Smithfield, West Virginia. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on May 27, 1955, and after completing basic training, he completed Helicopter Mechanic School at Gary AFB, Texas, in March 1956. His first assignment was as an H-19 Chickasaw helicopter mechanic with the 55th Air Rescue Squadron at Thule AB, Greenland, from March 1956 to April 1957, and then with Headquarters Mobile Air Material Area at Brookley AFB, Alabama, from April 1957 to January 1961. Sgt Adams’ next assignment was as a helicopter mechanic with the 818th Aircraft Support Squadron and 307th Organizational Maintenance Squadron at Lincoln AFB, Nebraska, from January 1961 to February 1963, followed by service as an H-21 Work Horse helicopter flight mechanic with the 5041st and then the 21st Organizational Maintenance Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, from February 1963 to February 1967. His next assignment was as a flight engineer with the 3630th and 3750th Consolidated Maintenance Squadron at Sheppard AFB, Texas, from February 1967 to April 1968, when he deployed to Southeast Asia. Sgt Adams served as a UH-1 Iroquios aerial gunner and flight engineer with the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam, from April 1968 to April 1969, and then served with the 1042nd Test Squadron at Dover AFB, Delaware, from April 1969 to February 1970. His final assignment was as a crew chief and flight mechanic with the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Andrews AFB, Maryland, from February 1970 until his retirement from the Air Force on June 1, 1975. Victor Adams died on June 1, 1981, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

His Air Force Cross Citation reads:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, awards the Air Force Cross to Technical Sergeant Victor R. Adams for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a UH-1F Helicopter Aerial Gunner near Duc Co, Republic of Vietnam, on 27 November 1968. On that date, Sergeant Adams’ aircraft was shot down by hostile ground fire and crashed in dense jungle. Disregarding his own injuries and the imminence of hostile activity, he assisted the copilot from the burning helicopter and returned to rescue the trapped personnel. He succeeded in pulling another man from the wreckage, before the severity of the fire and subsequent explosions forced him to abandon further rescue efforts. Through his superb airmanship, aggressiveness, and extraordinary heroism, Sergeant Adams reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.



#neverforget: Captain Ralph Vester Braden, EOW May 2, 2011


Captain Ralph Braden succumbed to injuries sustained 10 days earlier while attempting to arrest a male subject at the scene of a domestic dispute.

He was seriously injured while struggling with the subject after the man attempted to escape out of a window. The subject was able to flee the scene but was arrested 14 hours later.

Captain Braden was transported to a local hospital where he remained in ICU until succumbing to the injuries.

The subject is facing charges in connection with Captain Braden’s murder. On January 22, 2012, the suspect was convicted of felony reckless homicide and sentenced to four years in prison.

Captain Braden had served with the Wartburg Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


#neverforget: Officer Bryan Jospeh Durman, EOW April 29, 2010


Police Officer Bryan Durman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of North Limestone Street and Alabama Avenue.

He was investigating a noise ordinance violation at approximately 10:00 pm. He had responded to the location to locate the driver of a vehicle that had been playing music too loudly when he was struck.

On June 30th, 2011, the subject who struck Officer Durman was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and numerous other charges in connection with Officer Durman’s death. He was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Officer Durman was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department for 2-1/2 years.


#imnohero: Mannert L. Abele, Lieutenant Commander O-4, U.S. Navy


Jim Abele was born on July 11, 1903, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 12, 1920, and after completing training at Newport, Rhode Island, he was assigned to the battleship USS Utah (BB-31) until December 1921. Abele entered the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1922, and graduated with a commission as an Ensign on June 3, 1926. His first assignment after graduation was as a gunnery officer aboard the battleship USS Colorado (BB-45) from June 1926 to January 1927, followed by service with the Marine Division in Nicaragua from January 1927 to December 1928. LT Abele next completed submarine training at the Submarine School at New London, Connecticut, in December 1929. His first submarine assignment was aboard the USS S-23 (SS-128) from December 1929 to April 1933, followed by service in the Office of the Bureau of Navigation in Washington, D.C., from April 1933 to June 1936. His next assignment was aboard the USS R-11 (SS-88) from June 1936 to January 1937, before taking command of the USS R-13 (SS-90) in February 1937. LCDR Abele then served as Commanding Officer of the submarine USS S-31 (SS-136), followed by service as Commanding Officer of the submarine USS Grunion (SS-216) from her commissioning on April 11, 1942, until he was killed in action during a confrontation with the armed Japanese freighter Kano Maru on July 30, 1942. On August 22, 2007, a search team organized by the three sons of CDR Abele used a remotely operated vehicle to find a sunken vessel 3,000 feet down in the Bering Sea north of Kiska Island at the tip of the Aleutian Islands. On October 1, 2008, the U.S. Navy announced that the sunken vessel is the World War II submarine USS Grunion (SS-216).

His Navy Cross Citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GRUNION (SS-216), during its FIRST War Patrol, in Alaskan Waters. Lieutenant Commander Abele conducted an aggressive and successful submarine war patrol from 30 June 1942 to 24 July 1942. He pressed home all attacks in such a skillful and resolute manner that he attacked and sank in one day, three enemy destroyers of the Towlekju Class. Despite severe anti-submarine measures, Lieutenant Commander Abele brought his ship safely through these counter attacks but was subsequently lost from an unknown cause. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.



#neverforget: Trooper David Brinkerhoff, EOW April 25, 2007


Trooper David Brinkerhoff was accidentally shot and killed by another officer during an intense gun battle while taking part in a manhunt for an assailant who had shot and wounded a New York State Trooper the previous day.

On April 24, 2007, a New York State Trooper stopped a stolen vehicle at the Sunoco Country Store located on Main Street in Margaretville. As he approached the vehicle, the suspect opened fire, striking the trooper on his vest, and then fleeing into the woods. Members of the New York State Police, Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, and several other surrounding agencies mobilized to search for the suspect.

The following day, Trooper Brinkerhoff and six members of the Mobile Response Team were searching for the suspect in a home on Cemetery Road in Margaretville after a burglar alarm signal was received by local police. Trooper Brinkerhoff and another trooper entered a room on the second floor of the home when the suspect opened fire, striking him in the chest. That round was deflected by his bullet resistant vest. An intense, close quarters, gun battle ensued between the suspect and four troopers. During that exchange of gunfire, one trooper was wounded by the suspect and Trooper Brinkerhoff was accidentally shot and killed by another trooper. The remaining troopers pulled their fellow officers to safety and withdrew from the house.

Police surrounded the home and after a nine and a half hour standoff police again approached the home, firing tear gas. As they gained entry, the house began to burn, and within minutes was fully engulfed in flames. Police were unable to gain entry into the home due to the fire. After extinguishing the fire, officers found that the suspect has been fatally wounded by Trooper Brinkerhoff in the earlier gun battle and had died.

Trooper Brinkerhoff had served with the New York State Police for 8 1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and seven month old daughter. He was assigned to the Mobile Response Team.