USS FLOYD B. PARKS (DD-884)
Floyd B. Parks (DD-884) was launched 31 March 1945 by Consolidated Steel Corp.
Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. Floyd B. Parks
widow of Major Parks; and commissioned 31 July 1945
Commander M. Slayton in command.
Floyd B. Parks arrived at San Diego
her home port
16 November 1945
and sailed 20 November for her first tour of duty in the Far East
patrolling the coast of China and operating in the Marianas until her return
to San Diego 11 February 1947. In the period prior to the outbreak of war in Korea
Floyd B. Parks twice more deployed to the Far East for duty with the 7th Fleet
returning from her second such cruise 13 June 1950
just before the North Koreans crossed the 38th parallel. At once she prepared to return to duty as a standby at Pearl Harbor
available should war spread
returning to San Diego 20 August.
Floyd B. Parks sailed from San Diego 19 February 1961 to join in United Nations operations in Korea. On 16 March she joined the fast carrier task force
screening them during air operations off the east coast as well as spending a total of 60 days in Wonsan Harbor on blockade and bombardment duty. She returned to San Diego 10 October 1951
and after west coast operations
sailed for duty in the Far East again 31 May 1953 Along with duty similar to that of her first war cruise
she patrolled in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait. She returned to San Diego 18 December 1952
and began a peace-time schedule of annual Far East cruises interspersed with west coast training operations and necessary maintenance.
During her 1955 Far Eastern cruise
Floyd B. Parks took part in evacuation of the Tachen Islands
and while in the Orient once more 11 March 1956
collided with Columbus (CA-74)
losing 2 men and a 40-foot section of her bow. Skillful work by her crew saved their ship
and brought her safely into Subic Bay for temporary repairs. Upon her return to Long Beach Naval Shipyard 14 May 1966
Floyd B. Parks damaged bow was replaced with that of the uncompleted destroyer Lansdale (DD-766) and after completion of repairs and installation of new equipment Floyd B. Parks returned to her west coast-Far East rotation through 1962.
[Note: The above USS FLOYD B. PARKS (DD-884) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS FLOYD B. PARKS (DD-884) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]