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Cortlandt Parker, American army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit. (United States), French Fourragère, Officer Legion of Honor (France). Member Society 1st Division, 5th Division, Cincinnati.


Parker, Cortlandt was born on December 10, 1884 in Fort Apache, Arizona, United States. Son of Major General James and Charlotte (Condit) Parker.


Student Newark (New Jersey) Academy, 1897-1902. Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1906. Graduated from Army School of the Line, 1922, Army staff schedul, 1923, Army War College, 1924.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, 5th Cavalry, United States Army, 1906, and advanced through the grades to major general, 1942. Retired 1946; with 6th Field Artillery, 1907-1913. Other assignments in the United States and Philippines, 1913-1916.

With 6th Field Artillery went to France with 1st Division, American Expeditionary Force, 1917. Director training artillery, Camp Coëtquidan, 4 months. Lieutenant colonel and adjunct Field Artillery Brigade, February-March 1918.

Commanded 6th Field Artillery Regiment, Cantigny and Soissons, April-July 1918. Assigned 57th Field Artillery, 19th Division, in the United States. Director gunnery department Field Artillery School, 1919-1921.

War Department General Staff, 1924-1928. Military attache American embassy, London, 1931-1935. Hawaii, 1936-1938; commanded 19th Field Artillery, 5th Division, 1939-1940.

Commanded div. artillery to May 1941, 5th Division to June 1943 (last 15 months in Iceland). Commander Southern California sector, 1943-1945.


Member Society 1st Division, 5th Division, Cincinnati.


Married Elizabeth Gray, November 11, 1918. Children: Cortlandt, James.

Major General James Parker

Charlotte (Condit) Parker

Elizabeth Gray

Cortlandt Parker

James Parker