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USS Parle (DE 708)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - T - I - Q
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Astoria"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/star

Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Parle (DE 708) Building and Operational Data:
  • 8 January 1944: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 25 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Harry V. Parle, mother of Ens. John Joseph Parle
  • 29 July 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr James C. Toft, Jr., USNR in command
  • 10 July 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 2 March 1951: Recommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 1 January 1959: Placed "In Service, In Reserve" and assigned to NRT, 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Va.
  • October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis,
  • August 1962: Decommissioned and placed back"in service"
  • 1965: Reassigned to NRT duty, 9th Naval District at Chicago, Ill.
  • 1 July 1970: Decommissioned at Norfolk, Va., stricken from the NVR (Last commissioned U.S. Navy ship based on the Great Lakes / Last WWII DE in service)
  • 27 October 1970: Sunk as target off Florida
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    Parle 8k John Joseph Parle (26 May 1920 - 17 July 1943) was born at Omaha, Neb. and enlisted in the U.S. 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."

    USS Parle (DE 708) (1944-1970) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Parle Family Geneology Website)
    Parle 95k August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - USS Parle (DE 708) and USS Keywadin (ATA 213) anchored in Buzzard's Bay near the Cape Cod Canal. (Photo #19620800S-a20, © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
    Parle 118k August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - Parle and Keywadin, as above (Photo #19620800S-a21, © Richard Leonhardt)
    Parle 115k August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - Parle and Keywadin, as above (Photo #19620800S-a23, © Richard Leonhardt)
    Keywadin 87k Keywadin and Parle moored at Falmouth, Mass., August 1962.
    Parle 136k August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - Parle and Keywadin, as above (Photo #19620800S-a24, © Richard Leonhardt)
    Parle 111k August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - Parle and Keywadin, as above (Photo #19620800S-a25, © Richard Leonhardt)
    Parle 127k August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - Parle and Keywadin, as above (Photo #19620800S-a28, © Richard Leonhardt)
    Parle 79k date / location unknown Robert Hurst
    Parle 107k date / location unknown Bill Gonyo
    Parle 193k date / location unknown David Buell
    Parle 137k date / location unknown Tony Alter
    Parle 389k circa 1962: USS Parle (DE 708) underway, location unknown. (Photo courtesy of Mr. W.H. Davis; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1964 - 65") Robert Hurst

    View the USS Parle (DE 708) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Chet Hancock, QMCM (ret.)
    E-mail: Chet Hancock

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