Army honors fallen, Hawaii soldier

Anita Foster Dixon
Anita Foster Dixon
Col. Keith Tamashiro
Col. Keith Tamashiro

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Three years ago, Sgt. Evan S. Parker died while serving in Iraq. Monday, the U.S. military honored him in a special way, dedicating a pavilion at the Fort Shafter Flats in his name.

In October 2005, Parker died from injuries he suffered from a roadside bomb in Iraq.

He was attached to the Charlie Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 487th, until he died. The 25-year-old was awarded a purple heart and combat action badge.

"For him to live on here in Hawaii, is a really an honor for me, and I feel like coming here, I feel him here, I feel his presence here," said Anita Foster Dixon, mother.

"But the healing, our healing, and that of his family and friends is in remembering how he lived and the positive impact he had on his teammates," said Col. Keith Tamashiro, former commander of the 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery.

For Parker's family, part of the healing process is learning to move on.

"I know he'd be beating me up if he knew I was down. Typical older brother," said Caleb Foster, brother.

"I hear him say, miss me mom, but let me go," said his mother.

The facility will now be known as Parker Pavilion.

The Kansas native is survived by two sons, who live with their mother in Florida.