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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Cannon Class Type DET Destroyer escort
    Keel Laid November 11 1942 - Launched April 18 1943

  1. USS PARKS DE-165
    Commissioned June 23 1943 - Decommissioned March 1946

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1972
    Sold October 15 1973 for scrap

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1944)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
16179 Branch


JohnGermann Parks DE165 19451029 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Parks DE165 19451029 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

PARKS received four battle stars for World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Charles Wellman Parks USN (March 22 1863 - June 25 1930)
Parks was commissioned Civil Engineer July 19 1897. He was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks with the rank of Rear Admiral January 11 1918. He was transferred to the retired list December 1 1921. He received the Distinguished Service Medal "for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks." He died June 25 1930 at Washington, D.C.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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