Parks found his true calling in the Army. He loved his country and his “boys”. Parks would go the extra mile for anyone that needed help. He was a mentor to so many and made a huge impact on every person he came in contact with. Parks’ spirit was such a bright light that it still shines after he has gone. Everyone that knew Parks lost a part of themselves the day he died. Our lives are much richer for him having been in it.
Nolan felt it an honor to be a soldier. He was most proud of his unit with the 101st Airborne, 506th Infantry Regiment first activated in 1942. The motto for this unit was Currahee, a Native American Cherokee word meaning "Stand Alone". This is the unit the movie Band of Brother was based on. His unit would always say "We stand alone, together". Nolan said his unit strove for excellence to preserve the legacy of this historical Regiment.
Parks was my baby brother. We were each other's first friend, turned adversary until we reached high school, and finally confidant. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious smile. He was a wonderful father and uncle. He was an absolute pain that I miss everyday. There are still days, even 8 years later, that I reach for my phone to send him a funny text. There will never be a day that I don't miss him and the world is lesser without him in it.
Nolan was such a bright light in life that even now his light shines in anyone that has ever known and loved him. Parks certainly lived his calling as a warrior. He was most proud of being a part of the 101st Airborne as a Currahee. Nolan was the man every parent wants their son to grow to be and we could not be more proud of our dear son, SSG Nolan "Parks" Barham.