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USS Parker was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on June 9, 1941 and launched on May 12, the following year. It was commissioned on August 31, the same year under Lt. Comdr. John W. Bay’s command with the hull number DD-604 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on January 31, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 276 people on board and had the main missions in Cuba, North Africa, Mehedia, the United Kingdom, Maine, Algeria or Naples. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1971 and sold for scrapping in 1973. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Parker received 4 battle stars.