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USS Parle was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort laid down on January 8, 1944 and launched on March 25, the same year. It was commissioned on July 29, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. James C. Toft’s command as DE-708 and served in the US Navy for 21 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 221 people on board and had the main missions in Louisiana, Bermuda, Galapagos, Bora Bora, Manus, Palau Islands, Kossol Roads, Ulithi, New Guinea, Hollandia, Okinawa or Korea. After the decommissioning, the ship was used as a target during some training exercise in Florida the same year.