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USS Parks was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on November 11, 1942 and launched on April 18, the following year. It was commissioned on June 23, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. Milford McQuilkin’s command with the hull number DE-165 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned in March 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in New York, Espiritu Santo, Pearl Harbor, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Ulithi, Funafuti, Guam, Saipan, Palau, the Philippines or Majuro. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on July 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping in 1973. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Parks received 4 battle stars.