Floyd B. Parks, a 2425-ton Gearing class destroyer built at
Orange, Texas, was commissioned in July 1945.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Floyd B. Parks was decommissioned in July 1973.
Naval Historical Society
Final History submitted by Commanding