George Thomas Parrick, Pittston, named grand marshal of Dupont Memorial Day Parade

For Sunday Dispatch | May 19th, 2016 11:53 am

DUPONT — George Thomas Parrick, Pittston, has recently been named the grand marshal for the Dupont Memorial Day Parade.

Parrick was born on Sept. 1, 1925 and went to Pittston High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia and was sent to France on the Liberty Merchant Ship.

After serving in World War II, Parrick re-enlisted for the west coast where he served as assistant fire chief at the Fire Department in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1947 to 1949.

In September of 1951, Parrick was called to active duty and was stationed on Castner Ship off the coast of Korea until June, 1953.

Following his military service, he worked in Pittston as a truck driver for McHugh Bros Moving for 15 years, and he worked for Piggnotti No. 1 Coal & Construction of West Pittston for 20 years until his retirement.

Parrick was married to the late Isabelle Haas Parrick and he is a life member of Dupont AMVETS Post No. 189 for over 35 years and was post commander from 1982 to 1983. He is a member of 58 years and is a past commander of American Legion Post No. 477 in Pittston, a member and past commander of VFW Post No. 635 in Pittston, and transferred his life membership to VFW Post No. 4909 in Dupont.

Parrick is a member of Korean War Veterans in Wyoming and a life member of the Korean War Veterans of Luzerne County.


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Information provided by Gerard G. Gurnari, Dupont Memorial Day Day Committee Chairman.