Photos by Tom Capshaw
These pictures cover three different events. 1) Plane parts on deck of Parks. The pilot was making an attempt to ditch in Wonson Harbor and at about 1000' he suddenly came straight down. We sent the Whaleboat out but very little was left. A Whaleboat from the Cruiser St.Paul took body parts back to the ship. 2) Before the Korean War we were in Hong Kong and were directed to get underway and rendezvous with a British Ship off the coast of China and pick up two American airman that had been held as prisoners by the Chinese Communist for 18 months. We sent the Whaleboat to Hunan Province and picked them up and brought them back to the ship. When we returned to Hong Kong, we went alongside a DE that was tied up at the dock. News crews were everywhere. The Associated Press had been told by the State Department that two American airman had been released by the Communist. We got some good press concerning our role. 3) On a Sunday afternoon we were told to standby and be prepared to pickup a pilot that had been hit by ground fire and didn't think he could make it back to his Carrier. As you can see, the pictures I took covered the entire event. Please notice on the stern there aren't any white hats. Skipper Claudius is the one with his head down. We had many more memorable experiences on the Parks but these were probably the most memorable. .... T.C.
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|Thomas E. Capshaw
189 Via Havarre
Merritt Island , Florida 32953
FLOYD B. PARKS DD 884
Served on the Parks from January 1950 thru June
1952 and worked in the Engineering Division A Gang. SIGNIFICANT
EVENTS: 1) crossing the Equator and becoming a Shell Back. 2) picking
up two American airman from the British Ship Hunan off
the coast of China .
Went to Engineering School after the Navy and
became an Engineer. Career highlights included Flight Simulators, Infra-Red
technology, Space Science, and the Space Shuttle Program.
CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENT: being awarded the NASA PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL for outstanding management contributions in supporting the launch of Columbia , the first Space Shuttle into space.
NOTE: When I met Genda , I was unaware of his
role in WW II. At Yokota AFB he was introduced to me as head of Japan
Self Defense Command. In 1972 (?) he attended the movie premiere Tora
Tora Tora in Washington, D.C. and I happened to see him on TV.
His role is well defined in the movie Midway, Red
Parks name is also mentioned in the same movie.