Parker, John H


US Official Picture of the World War (WWI), Washington DC, Approx 1920

Col John H Parker commanding the 102d Inf. On April 20, 1918, (the town of) Seichprey was the scene of the first serious encounter between the Americans and the enemy. The German assaulting column consisted of 2,798 selected men of which one battalion was "Stoss truppen," specially trained and very carefully rehearsed. The attack was gallantly met by element of the 102d Inf., Col. John H Parker commanding. Losses were German, 1,851; American 1,064. "The battlefield remained integrally in our hands," says Col. Parker, "We had passed successfully the most terrific test ever imposed on American troops in France and we proved that American militia could be relied upon, to fight to the death under sacrifice orders."

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