Floyd Parks (DD 884) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1967

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-1 COMMANDI G OFFIC R X f QQMM1 X ff X WZ -AWK CDR G.M. Neely, Jr.

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THE NAME 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 Medal.



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THE CAPTAIN Commander Guy Morton NEELY, Jr. was born 31 October 1927 in Washington, D.C., and was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and commissioned an Ensign on 3 June 1949. His first duty was in the Gunnery Department of USS ROCHESTER CCA124D, homeported in Newport, Rhode Island, and later in Long Beach, California. During this period ROCHESTER served as flagship for Commander Seventh Fleet and participated in United Nations operations in Korean waters including support of the amphibious landing at Inchon and Wonsan in the fall of 1950. From September 1951 until March 1952, he attended CIC Officer's School, NAS Glenview, Illinois, and then reported to USS MASSEY CDD 7785 in Norfolk, Virginia, in which he served as Gunnery Officer until July 1954. In August 1954 he returned to the U.S. Naval Academy as an instructor in the Department of Marine Engineering. In August 1956 then Lieutenant NEELY assumed command of USS Lawrence County CLST 8875 in San Diego, California, and participated in operations with the First and SEVENTH Fleets, in support of nuclear weapons tests at Eniwetok Atoll and in cold weather exercises in Alaskan waters. Upon detachment in October 1958 he reported to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington for duty in the Strategic Plans Division as Assistant Head of the Latin-American Strategic Plans Section. During this tour he was assigned additional duty as an Advisor to the U.S. Delegations to the Inter-American Defense Board, the Joint Brazil- U.S. Defense Commission, the Joint Mexican-U.S. Military Commission and as a White House Aide. In June 1960 he left Washington for duty as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific until August 1962 after which he was ordered to USS COGSWELL HDD 6515 in San Diego, California for duty as Executive Officer from September 1962 until September 1963. In October 1963 Commander NEELY reported for duty as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commander in Chief, U.S.Naval Forces Europe QCINCU- SNAVEURJ, in London until March 1965 when he became Senior Aide to the Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe CCINCSOUTHD, in Naples, Italy. In January 1966 he was detached from the staff of CINCSOUTH and on 18 March 1966 assumed command of USS FLOYD B. PARKS CDD 8845. Commander NEELY is a holder of the Joint Services Commendation Medal Cfor service at CINCSOUTHD, the American Theater ribbon, World War II Victory ribbon, Korea ribbon Q3 starsj, Korean PUC ribbon, Occu- pation ribbon QAsia Claspb, National Service ribbon, the UN for Korea ribbon, and the Vietnamese Service ribbon C1 starj.

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