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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.

    Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid January 8 1944 - Launched March 25 1944

  1. USS PARLE DE-708
    Commissioned July 29 1944 - Decommissioned July 10 1946
    Recommissioned March 2 1951

  2. PARLE DE-708
    Placed In Service, In Reserve and assigned to NRT January 1 1959

  3. USS PARLE DE-708
    Recommissioned October 1961 - Decommissioned August 1962

  4. PARLE DE-708
    Placed back In Service August 1962
    Reassigned to NRT duty 1965
    Decommissioned July 1 1970

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1970
    Sunk as target off Florida October 27 1970

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     (1944-51)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established July 1 1944 - Disestablished December 15 1946





Post Office Reestablished April 2 1951 - Disestablished July 6 1962


Locy Type




Locy Type
2t(n+u) (DD)


"Tin Can Fleet" cachet.


Locy Type




Locy Type
LDPS 2(n) Jul 6, 1962


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/star

NAMESAKE - John Joseph Parle (26 May 1920 - 17 July 1943) was born at Omaha NE and enlisted in the US Naval Reserve as Apprentice Seaman 11 January 1942. He began Midshipman training at Notre Dame University 5 October and was commissioned Ensign, USNR on 28 January 1943. Following assignment with the Amphibious Force at Norfolk VA, he was reassigned to the Northwest African Amphibious Force and attached to LST-375 as officer-in-charge of small boats during the invasion of Sicily, 9-10 July 1943. "For valor and courage above and beyond the call of duty," as an accidentally ignited smoke pot was about to touch off a boat laden with high-explosive charges and ammunition, which would disclose to the enemy the assault about to be carried out, he unhesitatingly entered the craft, snuffed out some burning fuses, and after failing to extinguish the smoke pot, took it in his bare hands and tossed it over the side, succumbing a week later as a result of poisonous fumes and smoke inhaled, "he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Ensign Parle’s heroic self-sacrifice prevented grave damage to the ship and personnel and insured the security of a vital mission. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country." {DANFS}



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