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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
Built by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, NY (YN 8035)
Laid down 09 June 1941
Launched 12 May 1942
Commissioned 31 August 1942
Decommissioned 31 January 1947
Stricken 01 July 1971
Fate Sold for scrap to Luria Brothers, Philadelphia, PA, 25 May 1973

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Parker 12kFoxhall Alexander Parker, born in New York 05 August 1821, was appointed a midshipman 11 March 1837. During the Civil War he cooperated with the Army of the Potomac, protecting Alexandria, Virginia, after the Battle of Bull Run. In addition to being in active service off Charleston, SC, 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 02 October 1877 to 26 June 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, Maryland.
US Navy photo, Boston NHP Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-7271
Bill Gonyo/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
USS Parker (DD-604)
Parker 21kUndated, location unknown.Russ Fernandes and son, Russ Jr.
Parker 129kUndated photo of the USS Parker (DD-604) underway, location unknown. USN photoMike Green
Parker 160kParker (DD-604) awaiting her launch at Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, 12 May 1942. Note the bow assembly of Isherwood (DD-520) awaiting its place on the ways.Bill Gonyo
Parker 200kParker (DD-604) at New York Navy Yard, the day of her commissioning, 31 August 1942.
Photo from the Public Relations Department, Third Naval District, New York.
David Way
Parker 123kAt Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria, 1943-44.Steve Franklin
Parker 205kUSS Parker (DD-604) underway in the vicinity of New York City, 27 June 1945. Parker got underway from New York for Guantanamo Bay that morning with Kendrick (DD-612) and Gleaves (DD-423), arriving at Guatanamo 30 June. The photo was taken from an altitude of 250 feet.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107212
Robert Hurst
Parker 86kCrewmen on Parker's bow as the ship arrives at Charleston, SC, circa January 1946.Dave Wright
Parker 123kCrewmen on Parker's stern, probably at Charleston Navy Yard, January 1946. L-R: Y1c Ernest Kovach, Sea1c James W. Rector, G. A. Peters, SK1c Rudolph J. Tortorici, Y1c Herbert T. Smith & Y3c Robert E. Todd.Steve Franklin
Parker 79kParker crewmen, probably at Charleston Navy Yard, January 1946. L-R: Y1c Ernest Kovach, Sea2c Stephen Ivan, and SK3c George H. Crofoot.Dave Wright
Parker 99kGangway watch, RT2c Francis T. Kaprocki and Sea2c Joseph H. Bentley, probably at Charleston Navy Yard, January 1946.Dave Wright
Parker 99kLieutenant Robert G. McMurtry, probably at Charleston Navy Yard, January 1946.Dave Wright
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
01CDR John William Bays (USNA 1927)31 August 1942 - 01 December 1943
02CDR John Francis Flynn (USNA 1930)01 December 1943 - 15 March 1945
03CDR LeRoy Thomas Taylor (USNA 1935)15 March 1945 - 21 March 1946
04LCDR David Pierce Polatty, Jr. (USNA 1941)21 March 1946 - 20 September 1946
04LT William Park Baker (USNA 1943)20 September 1946 - 31 January 1947

Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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