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|83k||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 05 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 Parles 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.
(U.S. Navy photo #80-G-49910 from the National Archives and Records Administration)
Yard / District Craft Archive
|79k||date / location unknown||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|386k||date / location unknown||Nick Tiberio|
|193k||date / location unknown||David Buell|
|137k||29 January 1960: the Caribbean Sea - Two views of Parle coming alonside USS Intrepid (CVA 11) for a refueling exercise off Guantanamo
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107584 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|401k||date / location unknown||David Wright|
Yard / District Craft Archive
|95k||25 August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - USS Parle (DE 708) and USS Keywadin (ATA 213) anchored in Vineyard Sound. On 22 August, while Parle
was conducting exercises in the area, she either hit an object in the water or touched bottom, causing her sonar dome to fall off. Parle's crewmembers in the ship's motor whaleboat
were able to locate the sonar dome, and Keywadin arrived during the night of 24 August. On the morning of the 25th, Keywadin was able to lift the sonar dome from 40 feet
of water and transfer it to the deck of Parle.
(Photo #19620800S-a20, © Richard Leonhardt)
Captain, USNR (ret.)
|118k||25 August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - Parle and Keywadin, as above.|
(Photo #19620800S-a21, © Richard Leonhardt)
|115k||25 August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - Parle and Keywadin, as above.|
(Photo #19620800S-a23, © Richard Leonhardt)
|87k||Keywadin and Parle moored at Falmouth, Mass., August 1962.|
|136k||25 August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - Parle and Keywadin, as above.|
(Photo #19620800S-a24, © Richard Leonhardt)
|111k||25 August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - Parle and Keywadin, as above.|
(Photo #19620800S-a25, © Richard Leonhardt)
|127k||25 August 1962: off Falmouth, Mass. - Parle and Keywadin, as above.|
(Photo #19620800S-a28, © Richard Leonhardt)
|389k||circa 1962: USS Parle (DE 708) underway, location unknown.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. W.H. Davis; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1964 - 65")
England, United Kingdom
|212k||February 1970: Chicago, Ill. - USS Parle (DE 708) moored at the Naval Armory, just off Lakeshore Drive in Chicago.
(Photo by Mike Malaychuk)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|235k||27 October 1970: the Atlantic Ocean - The final moments of ex-USS Parle (DE 708), sinking in the Atlantic Ocean after use as a target.
(U.S. Navy Photo #1146317 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
Plaque, late '50's
|View the USS Parle (DE 708) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Parle as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Parle's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 29 Jul. 1944 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. James Cecil Toft Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA 32) (Trenton, N. J.)|
|2.) Dec. 1945 Jun. 1946||Lt.(jg) William M. Siegel, USNR|
|3.) Jun. 1946 10 Jul. 1946||Ens. R. B. McKinstry, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
|4.) 02 Mar. 1951 Aug. 1952||Cmdr. George Ransom Brines, USN (Recomm. CO)|
|5.) Aug. 1952 05 Jan. 1954||Lcdr. John Clayton Hill, USN (USNA 42) (Navy Junior / Washington, D. C.)|
|6.) 05 Jan. 1954 Jul. 1955||Lcdr. John Adolph Piatek, USN (Newark, N. J.)|
|7.) Jul. 1955 03 Jul. 1957||Lcdr. Frederick Saunders Robertson Jr., USN (USNA 42) (Finchville, Ky.)|
|8.) 03 Jul. 1957 30 Dec. 1958||Lcdr. James (J. W.) William Perkins Jr., USN (Winnsboro, La.)|
|9.) 30 Dec. 1958 26 Jun. 1959||Lcdr. Vernon William Condon, USN|
|10.) 26 Jun. 1959 15 Jul. 1960||Lcdr. George Matthew Rooney, USN|
|11.) 15 Jul. 1960 18 Nov. 1961||Lcdr. James Moore Hornbrook, USN (Marshall, Ill.)|
|12.) 18 Nov. 1961 30 Jul. 1962||Cmdr. Charles S. Cooper, USNR (Attleboro, Mass.)|
|13.) 30 Jul. 1962 22 Oct. 1962||Cmdr. Robert Stanley Gershkoff, USNR|
|14.) 22 Oct. 1962 13 Jun. 1963||Lcdr. Fred A. Stevenson, USNR (New York City, N. Y.)|
|15.) 13 Jun. 1963 15 Oct. 1965||Lcdr. / Cmdr. Charles William Jones, USNR|
|16.) 15 Oct. 1965 06 Dec. 1967||Lcdr. John Gilbert Connelly, USN|
|17.) 06 Dec. 1967 07 Oct. 1969||Lcdr. Howard Evans Knott Jr., USN|
|18.) 07 Oct. 1969 01 Jul. 1970||Lcdr. Robert F. Schultz, USN (Decomm. CO)|
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