Last Surviving Navy Doctor on Omaha Beach Dies

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GREENSBORO, Ga. (AP) - The last surviving Navy doctor who landed on Omaha Beach at Normandy during the D-Day Invasion of World War II has died, according to a funeral director and a researcher.

Dr. Joseph Lee Parker Jr., of the northeast Georgia town of Greensboro, died Sept. 27 at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro. He was 95.

Kenneth Davey, who has done extensive research of military records associated with the Allied invasion, said the Waycross native was the last surviving Navy physician on Omaha Beach.

Davey said Parker was a member of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion. Parker's obituary from McCommons Funeral Home states that he treated the wounded, including Allied and German troops, for 21 days on the beach.

Services were held Sunday in Greensboro.

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