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October 13, 2006

Someone you should know.

Husband, father, Missouri National Guardsman. Killed in Iraq doing his duty.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you Staff Sergeant Lawrence Lee Roy Parrish.

Staff Sergeant Lawrence Lee Roy Parrish

Missouri Guard Soldier killed in Iraq Missouri Army National Guard Sgt. Lawrence Lee Roy Parrish, of Lebanon, died of injuries suffered when he encountered an Improvised Explosive Device on Oct. 7 in Iraq. Parrish, posthumously promoted to staff sergeant, was a member of the 110th Engineer Battalion, headquartered in Kansas City.

Also killed in the same attack was Spc. John Edward Wood, Humboldt, Kan., a Kansas Army National Guard member who was attached to the 110th Engineer Battalion in Iraq.

“Right now, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these two Soldiers,” said Maj. Gen. King Sidwell, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard.

Parrish, 36, has been mobilized since August 2005, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. His unit went overseas in November 2005 and has been providing convoy security and working to remove improvised explosive devices along the Iraqi roadways.

Parrish first joined the Missouri Army National Guard in 1988 with the 1139th Military Police Company, in Harrisonville. He later joined the U.S. Army and served in Bosnia from March through October 1999; served in Qatar, Kuwait from December 2001 to January 2002; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from July 2003 through January 2004.

In the 110th, he was assigned to Support Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, supporting the battalion’s route clearance companies in their mission to keep the highways clear of Improvised Explosive Devices.

Parrish is a graduate of the Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training, Primary Leader Development Course, and the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course.

Parrish reenlisted this past February, at the Ziggurat in the ancient city of Ur, believed to be the birthplace of Abraham.

For his deployed service, Parrish was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and Missouri Expeditionary Medal.

He has 12 years military service and his awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, and the Army Forces Reserve Medal with the M Device.

Parrish is survived by his wife, Sarah, and five children; Katheryn, Constance, Jacqueline, Hayden and Gracelynn.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.

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