Veteran Profiles

Roger Parrish

Air Force

Roger Parrish was born Feb 1,1935 in Carbondale, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois he entered Air Force flight training and graduated first in his class. He was selected to attend the Air Force's Top Gun School, winning all three trophies available for academics, gunnery skills and top student. From 1969-1970 he flew over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. In 1972 Roger was selected to be the leader of the USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team. In 2007 Roger was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. At age 80 he continues to fly; He will be flying over the 2015 Honor Walk in the the "missing man formation"

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