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THE HISTORY OF THE
On june 4, 1942 Major Floyd Bruce Parks, Squadron Commander for Marine Fighting
Squadron 221, was reported missing in action during an attack against the japanese over
Midway Island. For his heroism Major Parks was awarded posthumously the Navy Cross.
A Gearing Class destroyer was constructed in honor of Floyd B. Parks by the
Consolidated Steel Corporation of Orange, Texas. On March 31, 1945 Mrs. Floyd B. Parks
christened the ship at launching ceremonies. After preliminary underway exercises the USS
FLOYD B. PARKS was commissioned on July 21, 1945, and proceeded to what was to be
her home port for the next 25 years-San Diego, California.
Since commissioning the PARKS has deployed for duties in the Western Pacific eighteen
times under the direction of seventeen different commanding officers. Probably her most
outstanding action was her participation in the 60 day siege on Wonson Harbor during the
Korean War. The PARKS spent more time than any other ship in this engagement which was
to prove the longest siege in the history of the United States Navy.
The history of the FLOYD B. PARKS is marred by one major tragedy. On March 11,
1956 while conducting operations with the Seventh Fleet the PARKS was involved in a
collision with the heavy cruiser USS COLUMBUS. The collision resulted in the deaths of
two men and the loss of a 40 foot section of the PARKS' bow. The ship was repaired in the
Long Beach Naval Shipyard.
In 1963 the FLOYD B. PARKS underwent major reconstruction under the Fleet
Rehabilitation and Modernization Program QFRAM 13 in Bremerton, Washington, receiving
much of the equipment that attributes to her present operational readiness.
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Commander James F. Donovan USN
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