USS Floyd B. Parks DD-884
"The Fightin' Floyd B"

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May 5, 2005

Dear Shipmates,

Hope this finds everyone in good health and making plans to attend the reunion in September. Our website has really been a big help in locating new people, and for members to locate and communicate with old shipmates. If you haven't signed the log please do so, you may have shipmates looking for you.

We now have a ships store section on the website (thanks Sue) which has pictures and prices of items we have for sale. A new item is a 48x68 tapestry with the ships picture, price is $45.00 each including postage.

Airlines into Springfield are American, Delta, Northwest and United, direct flights are available from Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis and St. Louis. Temperature in September in Springfield is high 76-85, low 5262. Hotel has complimentary transportation from and to the airport. Hotel is the Clarion Hotel, Springfield, MO they have a 24-hour cancellation policy, rate is $62.95, for reservations call 1-800-756-7318.

Harold and Carol Ferguson are bringing their musical intruments to entertain us in the hospitality suite as time permits, so if you have musical talent please bring your instruments and join in.

On Friday 23, September we will visit the Fantastic underground caverns, the Bass Pro Shop and the Wonders of wildlife museum.

On Saturday 24 September we will attend 2 shows in Branson (includes lunch) first we attend the Hughes Brothers celebrity theatre at 1000, have lunch at 12:30 then attend the Delene show at 1430 both shows are in the same building.

There are over 100 shows in Branson so its very difficult to make choices that would please everyone, also show times locations and travel make it difficult to schedule large groups.

We don't have any group activities scheduled for Sunday 25 September since people will be tired from the 2 previous days activities. Brochures on all the above will be sent to you when I receive your sign up form. Hopefully most people will come early and attend other shows in Branson. There will be racks in the hotel lobby with brochures of all Branson shows and sights.

Portland Reunion Books are being mailed this month.

Anyone interested in playing golf on Thursday 23 September call Clyde Williams at 417-833-1717 or e-mail

Tom and I are ready for reliefs, so be thinking of nominations for our jobs at the business meeting. We won't drop everything on you at once, we will work with you as long as necessary.

Tom & Robby


Greetings Shipmates,

Spring is now upon us. Loree and I have been working on the flower gardens as well as my vegetable garden. We have had a wonderful year so far. Everyone in our family has been healthy, and we are thankful for that blessing. The children and grandsons spent a few days with us during spring break in March. We really enjoyed their stay.

As I prepared this letter, I began to think about how we are never alone. God's faithfulness assures us in Hebrews 13:5- "I will never leave you or forsake you".

One of the greatest treasures we have as Christians is the abiding presence of God. He has promised to always be with us. And declares that he will meet us each new day to guide us forward. He watches over us while we sleep and always is listening for our faintest cry. He stands ready to bring refreshing to our souls in the midst of drought and despair. What a wonderful Savior and Provider we have for all our lives. And he loves us too much to leave us alone as his work declares.

I hope that everyone has begun to make plans for our annual Parks Reunion to be held in Springfield, Missouri. I know that our reunions planning committee has got a fun filled week lined up for us. Each year the reunion brings together old shipmates as well as new ones.


48 X 68


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23 Sept
Tours $35.00      
24 Sept
25 Sept
Fish Chicken  
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My former ship, the U.S.S. Floyd B. Parks (DD884) is holding its 13th reunion in Springfield, M0. It would be greatly appreciated if you could print the following public notice to help us find more of our former ship mates.

On September 19-26, 2005, a reunion will be held for all former ship mates that served on board the U.S.S. Floyd B. Parks (DD884) from 1945 to 1973 in Springfield, M0. For more information please contact:
James P. Robbins PO Box 61 Twain, CA 95984 (530) 283-2165
Again, Thank You