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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884), 1945-1974

USS Floyd B. Parks, a 2425-ton Gearing class destroyer built at Orange, Texas, was commissioned in July 1945. Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, in early 1946 she steamed to the Far East on the first of twenty Western Pacific deployments she would make over the next twenty-seven years. During the Korean War, Floyd B. Parks twice participated in combat support operations, including an intense shore bombardment effort during 1951 in which she fired over twelve-thousand five-inch shells.

During the rest of the 1950s and early 1960s, Floyd B. Parks continued her pattern of regular WESTPAC deployments. In January 1955, she assisted with the evacuation of the Tachen Islands, near the China coast. She was damaged in a collision in March 1956, but returned to active service by mid-Summer. During the later 1950s, she supported nuclear tests in the Central Pacific. In 1962-63 the middle-aged destroyer was given an extensive "FRAM-I" modernization to better equip her for contemporary anti-submarine warfare.

As U.S. participation in the Vietnam conflict expanded during the middle and later 1960s, Floyd B. Parks was regularly stationed in that area. She actively carried out shore bombardment missions during deployments in 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1972. USS Floyd B. Parks decommissioned in July 1973 and was sold for scrapping in April 1974.

USS Floyd B. Parks was named in honor of Major Floyd B. Parks, USMC, who was killed in action during the Battle of Midway.

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Photo #: NH 96843

USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884)


Underway, probably off San Diego, California, circa 1950.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: USN 1147454

USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884)


Underway in the Pacific, 11 February 1971.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

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National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1147454.

 
Photo #: 80-G-433793

USS Titania (AKA-13)


In Wonsan Harbor, North Korea, circa 10-13 September 1951, seen from USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884), which is coming alongside to take on fuel.
Photographed by AFAN E.A. McDade.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-433423

USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884)


Fires a 5"/38 gun of mount 52, while bombarding Wonsan, North Korea, during the seige of Wonsan, 25 September 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

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Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
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Photo #: NH 79347

USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884)


At Subic Bay, Philippines, showing damage to her bow received in a collision with USS Columbus (CA-74) on 11 March 1956.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 79346

USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884)


Undocking from ARD-22 at Subic Bay, Philippines, circa late March or early April 1956, after being fitted with a temporary bow to allow her to steam to the United States for permanent repairs. She had been damaged in a collision with USS Columbus (CA-74) on 11 March 1956.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 81450-KN (Color)

Insignia: USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884)


Cloth patch of the ship's emblem that was in use in 1971.

Courtesy of Captain G.F. Swainson, USN(Retired), 1974.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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19 May 1999