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U.S.S. FLOYD B. PARKS lDD 884i
SHIP' HI ToRY
The FLOYD B. PARKS is a Gearing class Destroyer, built by the Consolidated Steel Corporation, at Orange,
Texas, on the banks of the Sabine River. Mrs. Floyd B. Parks, the widow of the late Major, sponsored the ship at
launching on March 31, 1945. After Commissioning and shakedown cruise, the ship was assigned to the Pacific Fleet
and proceeded to San Diego, California, which has been her home port throughout her 22 years of service.
Although built too late to take part in World War H, PARKS participated in extensive action during the Korean
Conflict as a unit of Task Force 77. pHere, her assignment was to screen carriers against enemy action and to suppOrf
anti-Communist air operations off the east coast of North Korea. During this time FLOYD B. PARKS participated
in one of the longest sieges in U. S. Naval History, over sixty days in the enemy harbor of Wonsan, firing over twelve
thousand rounds of ammunition at the enemy installations.
ln 1955, FLOYD B. PARKS was on duty in the Western Pacific during the outbreak of hostilities in the Tachen
Island area. She was one of four destroyers present which assisted the Nationalist Chinese in the evacuation of this
The Laotian Crisis of 1959 found PARKS on the spot and ready with a show of force. In addition to this action,
the ship also participated in one of the early experimental cold weather exercises, Microwex, in the Bering Sea and
has been an active participant in the Eniwetok-Bikini Atomic Testing Operations.
PARKS has made sixteen WESTPAC cruises including two cruises to the Tonkin Gulf, South China Sea area
in support of U. S. Forces in Viet Nam.
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u.s.s. FLOYD B-. QARK5 CDD,ss47
To the Officers and Men of USS FLOYD B. PARKS
I am sure that this Cruise Book, October l966 to April 1967,
will recall to each of you many memories of where we went and what
we did - of the long periods at sea, of the training exercises and
drills, of night refueling, of unexpected General Quarters, of the
rough, cold, gray sea and the sunlit Inland Sea, of the ports we
visited and the sights we saw, of beach parties and softball games
and, finally, of the joy of coming home. You will also remember
that our duties on this cruise were not always exciting and in many
respects required us not so much to act as to be ready to act - at -
any time. It is frequently more difficult to stay alert and ready
for days and weeks than it is actually to fight. And yet, we were
ready and we did stay alert. Every job was done, every order carried
out - prom tly and efficiently. You measured up in every respect.
No Commanding Officer could have asked for more and to each of you
I offer my most sincere thanks.
I hope that this book will also bring to each of you that warm
satisfaction and quiet pride which is yours not only for a job well I
done but also for having served your country in a time of need.
In these days many forget that serving one's country is a great
privilege and that the right question continues to be not what can
my country do for me but rather what can I do for my country. It is
because Americans like you have not forgotten this that our country
God bless you.
G. NORTON NEELY
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FLOYD B. PARKS
USS FLOYD B. PARKS is named in honor of Major Floyd Bruce Parks, USMC,
a Marine Aviator reported missing in action on 4 I une 1942, in defense of Midway
Island against the assaults of the Japanese Navy. Major Parks, born in Salisbury
Missouri, was enlisted in the Navy for two years prior to his appointment to the United
States Naval Academy in I une 1930. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the
U. S. Marine Corps on 31 May 1934 and was promoted to Major less than a month be-
fore the action at Midway. MAJ OR PARKS was awarded the Navy Cross, Special
Letter of Commendation from the Secretary of the Navy, the Purple Heart, President-
ial Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign
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