A SPECIAL FORCES LEGEND
By Greg Walker
Command Sergeant Major (ret) Robert “Spider” Parks passed away after a serious fall that left him in a coma for several weeks. He was overseas and continuing his search for the Missing in Action / Killed in Action. “We say we leave no one behind but we have,” Parks said. “We said we didn’t have troops in Laos and Cambodia also but we did.”
Spider was my battalion sergeant-major at 3/7th SFG(A) in Panama. We linked back up last year at the SOA reunion, which Spider never missed attending until this last one due to his hospitalization. Our community just learned of his passing on October 30th this year. If you didn’t know Spider, this is a very good article about him and his mission after retirement — https://www.theredstonerocket.com/news/article_0a790ad6-0f08-11e7-9b87-a33864bf4b0d.html
God bless you, Spider. Thank you for your service, your sacrifices, and your impeccable example as a “Quiet Professional.” DOL! – GW
I was Spider’s SGM A company 3/7.I left Panama May of 80.A great soldier,freefall team sgt,and true friend,will miss hi.m SOAR.RIP my friend.
I was a young SP4 in D company 10SF in Ft Devens Mass. For what ever reason “spider” took me under his wing and helped me keep on the straight and narrow path of SF. I ran into him years later, back at Bragg at the “drop Zone club”. We talked and drank as if we were best friends. Over the years, I though a lot about him, the advice he gave me and the friendship we had. Last year, while playing cards in a hotel in Vegas, I notice a man wearing an SF ring, I mentioned that I had also served in SF, we started talking and Spider came up, This man had his phone number and called him. We spoke for quite awhile , it was if we were together again after all of these years. So, to me he was not only a great SF soldier but a friend over many years