Displaying unselfish devotion and great heroism, Terence Parsons, a Navy corpsman, put himself in harm’s way to assist members of the community. While off duty on two separate occasions, he witnessed car accidents that caused potentially life-threating injuries to the victims involved. With little thought of his own safety, Parsons responded by providing lifesaving treatments.
Most recently he applied a tourniquet to a victim with an amputation to his right arm, likely saving the man’s life in the process. In a separate incident, he removed a trapped victim and stabilized a fractured right leg, providing supportive therapy to prevent further injuries.
Additionally, during USS Oak Hill and USS Kearsarge amphibious warfare qualifications, he responded to a mass casualty of 18 Marines suffering from various injuries. The injured service members were suffering from heat stroke, stress and exhaustion and Parsons led the effort to triage the causalities and oversaw medical treatments. His quick action and skilled response in a stressful environment prevented further injuries and saved lives.
Parsons, born in California and raised in Idaho, joined the Navy in 2011 and has received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous individual, campaign and unit awards.
The USO is proud to honor Parsons at the Force Behind the Forces Gala for his courage and dedication to duty.