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|65k||Charles Wellman Parks, the son of Granville and Elizabeth Augusta
(Carter) Parks, was on born 22 March 1863 at Woburn, Mass. After study and graduation at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in 1884, he served as chief engineer of the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic Railway. He then became the head electrical engineer at the Electrical Manufacturing Company in Troy,
New York and followed as department head of physics at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was commissioned Civil Engineer, U.S. Navy, on 19 July 1897. Moving through the ranks,
he was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks with the rank of Rear Admiral on 11 January 1918. He served as Chief until December 1921 when he stepped down due to ill health.
He remained on active duty until February 1922. Parks 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 on 25 June 1930 at Washington, D.C. and was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.|
USS Parks (DE 165) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
|125k||18 April 1943: Port Newark, N.J. - Left: Miss Patricia Yoder, grand-niece of the ship's namesake and sponsor for USS Parks (DE 165); Right: Miss Helen Osterhaus, sponsor of USS Osterhaus (DE 164).|
|80k||undated wartime image (You have to look hard, but that's Jane's brother, Lcdr E. Reber Casstevens standing on the port bridge extension.)||Jane Casstevens Ferguson|
S. Dale Hargrave
S. Dale Hargrave
|View the USS Parks (DE 165) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Parks' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 23 Jun 1943 - 16 Jan 1944||Lcdr. Milford McQuilkin, USNR (Comm. CO) (San Francisco, Cal.)|
|2.) 16 Jan 1944 - 26 Apr 1945||Lt. Emery Reber Casstevens, USN (USNA '41) (Beecher City, Ill.)|
|3.) 26 Apr 1945 - 01 Feb 1946||Lcdr. Paul Christian Huelsenbeck, USNR (USNA '37) (Newark, N.J.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|4.) 01 Mar 1946 - 20 Jul 1946||Lt. Richard J. Camp, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Antwerp, Oh.)|
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