|Francis in his Corps of Cadets uniform|
As a member of the Corps of Cadets at the university, Francis probably went into the service very shortly after graduation. We do not have records of his service but he was sent to England and on 2 Jun 1944 assigned to C Company 116th Infantry as one of the "extra" platoon leaders assigned to the assault elements in an attempt to ensure that sufficient officers survived to lead the units in exploiting the landing. 2LT Park survived the landing but was killed in action on 17 Jun 1944.
2LT Park rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery.
Great-grandfather, Joseph W. Park, served as a CPL in the 36th Alabama Infantry (CSA) during the Civil War. Oldest brother, James Verner Park Jr, served 1941-1946 and the middle brother, John Somerville Park, served as a SSG in the U.S. Army Air Corps.