|Birth name||Ralph Sherman Parr, Jr.|
|Born||July 1, 1924
|Died||December 7, 2012
New Braunfels, Texas
|Buried at||Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1942–1976|
|Unit||49th Fighter Bomber Wing
335th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
|Commands held||12th Tactical Fighter Wing|
|Battles/wars||World War II
* Battle of Khe Sanh
|Awards||Air Force Cross
Distinguished Service Cross
Legion of Merit (3)
Distinguished Flying Cross (10)
Air Medal (41)
Ralph Sherman Parr, Jr. (July 1, 1924 – December 7, 2012) was an American double-flying ace of the Korean War. He was credited with a total of ten downed enemy aircraft. He also flew in World War II and the Vietnam War, and is the only person to have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the medal that replaced it, the Air Force Cross.
Parr was born in 1924, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1942, earned his wings in 1944, and flew Lockheed P-38 Lightnings in the Pacific during the last year of the Second World War.
In Korea he flew Lockheed F-80 Shooting Stars, then North American F-86 Sabres, managing to shoot down a total of ten enemy aircraft. On July 27, 1953, the day of the armistice, then Captain Parr scored the last aerial 'kill' of the War by shooting down an unarmed Soviet Navy Ilyushin Il-12 transport aircraft. All 21 passengers including 3 medical staff were killed.
In Vietnam, Parr served as a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II squadron commander. He flew the aircraft on two combat tours, including one in which he saw action at the Battle of Khe Sanh. Following the War he took a number of desk assignments before retiring as a Colonel in 1976. He died on December 7, 2012 at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, Texas. He was 88.
- Air Force Cross (awarded for actions during the Vietnam War)
- Distinguished Service Cross (awarded for actions during the Korean War)
- Silver Star
- Legion of Merit
- Distinguished Flying Cross
- Bronze Star
- Air Medal
- "Influential double ace fighter pilot dies at 88". mysanantonio.com. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
- "Col. Ralph Parr". Official Website of the US Air Force. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
- Valor Awards for Ralph Sherman Parr at militarytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
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