Cole Heroes
Biographies

Joshua L. Parlett

Engineman Fireman

28 September 2020
Portrait of Fireman Apprentice Joshua L. Parlett.
Portrait of Fireman Apprentice Joshua L. Parlett
Portrait of Fireman Apprentice Joshua L. Parlett.
Portrait of Fireman Apprentice Joshua L. Parlett
Portrait of Fireman Apprentice Joshua L. Parlett, who was killed in the line of duty when a terrorist bomb was detonated along the port side of Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) while it was refueling in Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 12, 2000.
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VIRIN: 200928-N-N0701-0010
Joshua L. Parlett
July 8, 1981Oct. 12, 2000


Joshua Langdon Parlett was born on July 8, 1981 in Rosedale, Maryland, to Leroy and Etta Parlett.

He graduated from Harford Christian School in 1999, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 31, 1999.


After completing Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois, on Nov. 10, 1999, Parlett was a student at Surface Warfare Enlisted Schools Command until March 10, 2000. He completed training at the Center for Surface Combat Systems Detachment East, Norfolk, Virginia, on June 8, 2000. He reported to USS Cole (DDG 67) on June 10, 2000.

Parlett was killed in the line of duty when a terrorist bomb was detonated along the port side of the ship while it was refueling in Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 12, 2000.

Fireman Apprentice Parlett was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, and the rank of engineman fireman.


EDITOR'S NOTE:
Sources: USS Cole (DDG 67) Med Cruise 2000 (Aug. 8–Nov. 3, 2000) Cruise Book in the collection of the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Navy Department Library. Awards and citations are sourced from the service member’s official military personnel file and listed in the Navy Department Awards Web Service site and may not be complete.

 


 
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