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USS HUGH PURVIS (DD-709)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTFS

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - AVOCADO

CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER As Built.
Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. May 23 1944.
Launched December 17 1944 and commissioned March 1 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1960.
Decommissioned June 15 1972.
Stricken February 1 1973.
To Turkey July 1 1972, renamed Zafer.
Fate Stricken in 1993 and broken up for scrap in 1994.

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Purvis 125kResponding to uprisings in China in 1871 that destroyed the American merchant schooner "General Sherman" and resulted in the murder of its entire crew, six American warships including the USS Benicia; USS Colorado; USS Monocacy; USS Palos; and Purvis’s ship the USS Alaska were dispatched to Korea in retaliation. After coming under fire, on June 10th a group of 550 sailors and 100 marines were landed to assault the enemy forts. After making camp on the night of the landing, the following morning the Americans assaulted the middle of the five forts and chased the enemy into a high bluff and the last of the fortified positions called the Citadel. In the assault that followed, fierce hand-to-hand combat ensued, with many Americans wounded. Despite this, Marine Private Hugh Purvis pressed his attack, and while braving enemy fire he was the first American to scale the wall of the fort and capture the flag of the Korean forces on 11 June 1871. Photo from the National Archives and Records Administration, Marine Corps Photograph Collection (USMC).Bill Gonyo
Purvis 154kArtist's conception of the Purvis as built in a cutaway view by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Purvis 94kArtist's conception of the Purvis as she in the early 1950's by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Purvis 99kArtist's conception of the Purvis as she appeared after FRAM II overhaul by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Purvis 17kUndated, location unknown.-
Purvis 63kUndated, in Hong Kong.Steve Singlar, ETCS, USNR (Ret)
Purvis 94kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Purvis 85kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Purvis 133kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Purvis 45kAs commissioned March 1945.Steve Singlar
Purvis 79kTwo views of the USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) and USS Beatty (DD-756) at Rouen, France on March 2 1947.David M. Musgrave
Purvis 78kAs above.David M. Musgrave
Purvis 111kCirca 1950, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Purvis 81kThe destroyers USS Compton (DD-705), USS Purvis (DD-709), USS Dickson (DD-708) and the USS Gainard (DD-706) behind the USS Yosemite (AD-19). Circa mid 1950's, location unknown.William T. Bullard
Purvis 172kUSS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) coming along side The USS Tarawa (CVS-40) for refueling. Official US Navy Photo #1046498, dated May 15 1958.Steve Singlar
Purvis 123kCirca 1960's, location unknown. U.S. Navy photo.Robert Hurst
Purvis264k Aerial view of Boston Navy Yard, looking Southwest, 1 April 1960. Photo taken by a helicopter from Naval Air Station South Weymouth. Ships and Craft present:
LocationShip (Hull No.)Ship Type
Pier 11USS Wasp (CVS-18)Aircraft Carrier
Dry Dock 5ARD-16Floating Dry Dock
In ARD-16YFND-23Dry Dock Companion Craft
Pier 10Empty 
Pier 9EUSS Macon (CA-132)
YD-196
Heavy Cruiser
Floating Crane
Pier 9WUSS Hugh Purvis (DD-709)Destroyer
Pier 8EUSS Thor (ARC-4)
YPD-24
Cable Layer
Floating Pile Driver
Pier 7EUSS Springfield (CLG-7)Guided Missile Light Cruiser
Pier 7WEmpty 
Pier 6EUSS Perry (DD-844)Destroyer
Pier 6WUSS Mitscher (DL-2)Destroyer Leader
Pier 5EUSS Albany (CG-10)Guided Missile Heavy Cruiser
Pier 5WUSS Yosemite (AD-19)Destroyer Tender
Pier 4EEmpty 
Pier 4WUSS Skywatcher (AGR-3)Radar Picket Ship
U.S. Navy photo, Boston NHP Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10111)
Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
Purvis 114kBoston Naval shipyard undergoing FRAM overhaul, May 1960© Richard Leonhardt
Purvis 134kBoston Naval Shipyard, May 1960© Richard Leonhardt
Purvis 248kBoston Naval Shipyard, September 1960© Richard Leonhardt
Purvis 63kBoston Harbor, July 6 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Purvis 90kUnderway mid 1960'sSteve Singlar, ETCS, USNR (Ret)
Purvis 119kMay 1967 just south of Block Island.Bill Gonyo/Bruce Vantine
Purvis 136kAt Genoa, Italy on June 1 1967.Carlo Martinelli
Purvis 75kBristol Rhode Island, July 4 1968Steve Singlar
Purvis 102kPearl Harbor circa late 1968/early 1969.Marc Piché
Purvis 153kUSS Warrington (DD-843), USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) and USS Dealey (DE-1006) in Newport, RI.Vince Venincasa
Purvis 29kShip's patchMike Smolinski
On Turkish Service
Purvis 44kUndated, location unknown.Murat Kurtulmus
Purvis 47kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Purvis 289kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Purvis 111kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Purvis 120kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Purvis 37kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Purvis 105kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Purvis 129kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Purvis 112kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Purvis 117kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Purvis 70kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Purvis 60kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Purvis 49kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Purvis 68kTCG Zafer (D-356)/USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) and TCG Yücetepe(D-355)/USS Orleck (DD-886) in the Izmir, Turkey dry dock in the 1990's.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Purvis 107kAugust 30 1991, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Purvis 87kUSS Hugh Purvis (DD-709)/TCG D-356 Zafer, German built Köln Class D-360 Gelibolu/FGN Karlsruhe and TCG D-353 Atepe/USS Forrest Royal (DD-872) at Ailaga Ship Dismantling Facilities in Izmir, turkey during 1994.Cüneyt Demir
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USS HUGH PURVIS DD-709 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Byron Lawrence Gurnette    Mar 1 1945 - Sep 1 1945
LCDR Thomas Chapin Buell    Sep 1 1945 - Oct 1 1945 (Acting)
CDR Charles Weigel Musgrave    Oct 18/20 1945 - Mar 31 1947
CDR Frank Lucius Pinney Jr.    Mar 31 1947 - Mar 1 1949 (Later RADM)
CDR Henry Harris McCarley    Mar 1 1949 - Oct 1950 (Later RADM)
CDR Willis Raymond Denekas    Oct 1950 - Oct 1952
CDR Newell Edward Thomas    Oct 1952 - Jul 15 1953
LCDR Gordon W. Martin Jr.    ? 1952 - ? 1952 (Acting)
LCDR John Patrick Gorman    ? 1953 - ? 1953 (Acting)
CDR Eli Vinock    Jul 15 1953 - 1955
CDR Bernard Webster Moulton    1955 - ? 1958
CDR Robert Noren Lyberg    ? 1958 - 1960
CDR George Stebbins Davis, Jr.    1960 - Nov 1961
CDR James Calder Linville    Nov 1961 - Jun 1963
CDR Lawrence Henry Heidorn    Jun 1963 - May 5 1965
CDR Harry Robert Moore    May 5 1965 - Feb 6 1967
CDR Clinton Wagner Taylor    Feb 6 1967 - Feb 19 1969 (Later RADM)
CDR William Keith Mallinson    Feb 19 1969 - Jul 10 1970
CDR Aloysius Gonzaga Hennessey Jr.    Jul 10 1970 - Jan 21 1972
CDR Carl Emil Geise Jr.    Jan 21 1972 - May 10 1972
LCDR John James McNamara    May 10 1972 - Jun 15 1972

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: George Baker
Address: 4417 Rosey Billed Ct., Fort Mill, SC 29707
Phone: 803-396-5605
E-mail: GBaker1@Comporium.net
Next Reunion: Jacksonville, Florida, April 24-27 2014

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Hugh Purvis website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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