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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Is. June 9 1941.
Launched May 12 1942 and commissioned August 31 1942.
Decommissioned January 31 1947.
Stricken July 1 1971.
Fate Sold May 25 1973 to Luria Brothers, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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Parker 12kFoxhall Alexander Parker, born in New York 5 August 1821 was appointed a midshipman 11 March 1837. During the Civil War he cooperated with the Army of the Potomac, protecting Alexandria, Va., after the Battle of Bull Run. In addition to being in active service off Charleston, S.C., he commanded a naval battery at the bombardment of Fort Sumter, and was also in command of the Potomac Flotilla. In 1872, as Commodore and Chief of Staff of the North Atlantic Fleet, he drew up a code of signals for steam tactics. He was author of Fleet Tactics Under Steam, The Naval Howitzer Afloat, and other valuable works. He commanded the Boston Navy Yard from October 2 1877 to June 26 1878. He became Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1878 and was one of the founders of the United States Naval Institute. He died 10 June 1879 at Annapolis, Md. U.S. Navy photo, Boston NHP Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-7271.Bill Gonyo/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Parker 82kArtist's conception of the Parker as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Parker 21kUndated, location unknown.Russ Fernandes and son, Russ Jr.
Parker 123kUndated, Mers-el-kebir, Oran Algeria.
Parker 123kUndated, E. Kovach, J. W. Rector, G. A. Peters, J. J. Tortorici, H. T. Smith & R. E. Todd.
Parker 160kBethlehem Steel, Staten Island, May 12 1942, the destroyer USS Parker (DD-604), slides down the ways after the launching ceremonies.Bill Gonyo
Parker 129kMay 12, 1942 photo of the USS Parker (DD-604) underway. Source: United States Navy.Mike Green
Parker 205kUSS Parker (DD-604) underway in the vicinity of New York City on 27 June 1945. The photo was taken from an altitude of 250 feet. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107212.Robert Hurst
Parker 200kCommissioning August 31 1942. From the Public Relations Department, Third Naval District, New York.David Way
Parker 174kLeft-to-right are USS Parker (DD-604), USS Meade (DD-602), USS Ordronaux (DD-617), and USS Hobby (DD-610) as seen in a 1970 nest at the Orange, Texas Inactive Ship Facility. This is an incidental view to a series of photos of USS Hobby's first reunion, with an uncommon chance of all four wearing the larger bow numerals. Photo is by Joe Buya, courtesy of Ray and Betty Simons.John Chiquoine
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USS PARKER DD-604 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John William Bays    Aug 31 1942 - Dec 1 1943
CDR John Francis Flynn    Dec 1 1943 - Mar 15 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR LeRoy Thomas Taylor    Mar 15 1945 - Mar 21 1946
LCDR David Pierce Polatty Jr.    Mar 21 1946 - Sep 20 1946
LT William Park Baker    Sep 20 1946 - Jan 31 1947

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Dwight Jenkins
Phone: 740-682-6588
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

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