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USS Thaddeus Parker was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on May 23, 1944 and launched on August 26, the same year. It was commissioned on October 25, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Duane R. Stoneleigh’s command as DE-369 and served in the US Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on September 1, 1967. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Panama Canal, New York, Newport, Okinawa, Guam, Bermuda, San Diego, Peleliu, Ulithi or Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1967 and sold for scrapping to Peck Iron and Metals Company in Portsmouth the following year.