Within Parsons Cemetery rests a large population of war heroes and those who served since the Civil War.  During WWII, Salisbury continued its practice of holding Memorial Day Services at Parsons Cemetery with Veteran groups placing flowers on the graves of all veterans.  Today, these same groups place flags on all veterans’ graves on Memorial Day as captured in photographs provided by a neighbor.  Some of the many stories are recognized here.  

LTJG Howard Franklin Clark, USN Lost in Aerial Combat, Battle of Coral Sea, 8 May 1942, WWII Distinguished Flying Cross (awarded twice). Clark graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy 2 June 1938. He served at sea until 1940, when he underwent flight training. Reporting to aircraft carrier Lexington (CV-2) 1 April 1941 as a member of Fighter Squadron 3, he won a Distinguished Flying Cross 20 February 1942 when he brought down an enemy bomber attempting to attack the carrier. During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Clark again and again engaged enemy aircraft, in utter disregard of his own safety, until his plane was shot down. Lieutenant (j.g.) Clark was posthumously awarded a second Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism during the battle, 7–8 May 1942. Howard F. Clark (DE-533) was launched by the Boston Navy Yard 8 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Howard Clark, widow of the namesake; and commissioned at Boston 25 May 1944, Lt. Comdr. E. B. Hayden in command.

LTJG Joseph Henry Gollner, USN, Killed in Line of Duty off East Coast of Korea, 11 Jan 1952, Korean War, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.  "His body rests in his plane on the bottom of the Japan Sea."Son of W Marsh & Eureka "Dot" Lucas Gollner. Father of John Marsh Gollner. Joseph H Gollner graguated from the Naval Academy, class of 1949. He went to Naval Flight School and was assigned to fly the Navy's AD-4 aircraft. Assigned to VF-54, flying from the USS Essex (CV-9) off the East Coast of Korea, he was killed in the line of duty shortly after takeoff on 11 Jan 1952.

MAJ Richard Waller Cooper, USAF, Missing in Action, Body recovered 1996, interred Arlington National Cemetery, Vietnam Conflict, National Defense Service Award, Purple Heart. Captain Cooper was a member of the 346th Bomber Squadron, 307th Strategic Wing, Utapao Airbase, Thailand. On December 19, 1972, he was the navigator of a Boeing Stratofortress Bomber (B-52D) on a night bombing mission over Hanoi, North Vietnam, Linebafcker II Offensive. His bomber was shot down by surface to air missiles. His remains were recovered on March 5, 1996 and identified on August 12, 2003. VVM Wall, Panel 01w, Line 95. Also memorialized at the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

World War I also known as WWI, the First World War, the Great War, or the War to End All Wars - 28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918

Over 70 million personnel were mobilized

Over 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died

In Wicomico County, 1238 men were mobilized

Wicomico War Memorial WWI, memorializes 39 casualties of war

 Eight casualties are known to rest in Parsons Cemetery

Olin H. Cary 1899-1918

Perry Bledsoe Farmer 1893-1918

Herman Fiske Handy 1890-1918

George Reigart Hill 1889-1918

John Edward Layfield 1895-1918 

Kenny James Moore 1895-1918

William P. Taylor, Jr. 1895-1918

Harry L. White 1893-1918

War Hero Cenotaphs
 - a grave where the body is not present;

a memorial commemorating those lost


Military Service 

World War II also known as WWII or the Second World War

1939 – 1945

WWII was the deadliest conflict in human history with 50 to 85 million casualties, mostly civilian

Over 100 million people from 30 countries were directly involved

Wicomico War Memorial WWII, memorializes 103 casualties of war

Twelve casualties are known to rest in Parsons Cemetery

 Pvt George Edward Bozman, Line of Duty, May 20, 1943

PFC William West Collins, Died of Wounds, May 5, 1945, Purple Heart

Robert Day, Killed in Action, March 15, 1945, Purple Heart

RDM 3C Lloyd F. Dennis, Killed in Action, April 2, 1945, Bronze Star

PFC Edward L. Johnson, Killed in Action, January 18, 1945, Purple Heart

PFC William H. Layfield, Line of Duty, August 15, 1945

PM 3C Marion Moore, Killed in Action, November 24, 1943

PFC Stanley W. Morris, Killed in Action, April 2, 1945, Purple Heart

PFC Thurman Franklin Morris, Line of Duty, August 21, 1943

2nd Lt John Thomas Price, Killed in Action, May 26, 1945

PFC Herbert Lawrence Ruark, Jr., Killed in Action, June 18, 1944

S1 George W. Townsend, Killed in Action, December 13, 1944, Purple Heart


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Parsons Cemetery

Est 1873