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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SHARK FIN

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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME December 22 1943.
Launched May 7 1944 and commissioned July 18 1944.
Decommissioned July 2 1973.
Stricken July 1 1973.
Fate Sold June 11 1974 to Northern Metals, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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Purdy 128kFrederick Warren "Fred" Purdy, born 4 December 1911 in Chicago, Ill., graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned Ensign 1 June 1933. Prior to World War II he served at sea in Mississippi, Bagley, and California and ashore at Newport, Washington, D.C., and Annapolis. On 10 June 1942 he reported to Strong as prospective executive officer and after commissioning sailed in her to the Solomons. On the night of 4–5 July Strong, a unit of a task force which bombarded Vila and Bairokc, to initiate the naval part of the campaign for Munda, was sunk. Lt. Comdr. Purdy assisted forecastle personnel to a rescue vessel, then returned to search for an injured man reported to be on the deck behind the gun mount. Not seen again, Lt. Comdr. Purdy was posthumously awarded the Silver Star in recognition of his heroic spirit and inspiring conduct. Also awarded posthumously was the Purple Heart in 1943. Photo from the USNA Lucky Bag 1933.Bill Gonyo
Purdy 154kArtist's conception of the Purdy 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
Purdy 60kUndated, pre-removal of the 40mm mounts.Daniel Zavisza
Purdy 56kUSS Purdy (DD-734) underway while running trials off Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on 18 July 1944. National Archives and Records Administration. Photo # 80-G-235680.Robert Hurst
Purdy 113kHighlining with the USS Chara (AK-58) at sea off Korea November 1951. From the Wilbur "Casey" Karsten collection.David Kusel
Purdy 45kUSS Purdy (DD-734) underway circa 1952, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Purdy 47kFramed by a sister ship's 40mm guns, while en route to the U.S. from Korean War duty with Destroyer Division 122, circa February-March 1952. Photo was received by the Naval Photographic Center in March 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Purdy 129kPhoto #: 80-G-440450: USS Purdy (DD-734) en route to the the United States with Destroyer Division 122, following Korean War combat duty, circa 27 February - 21 March 1952. Photo was received by the Naval Photographic Center in March 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Purdy 110kPurdy and USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) refueing at sea from USS Neosho (AO-143), in the Mediterranean, 20 October 1955. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collection of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Purdy 236kJuly 14 1956, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Purdy 151kPost 1959 overhaul, location unknown.Dave Belanger
Purdy 159kIn Genoa, Italy on December 10 1960.Carlo Martinelli
Purdy 67kUSS Purdy photo taken from USS Hyman (DD-732) in 1961. Photo taken by Navy photographer somewhere in the Atlantic.F. J. Blanchard
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USS Shangra-La (CVA-38) and USS Purdy (DD-734) refuel from USS Allagash (AO-97) in the Mediterranean, 26 April 1962. US National Archives photo #'s USN 1061088, K-26858 and K-26859 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
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Purdy 54kBoston Harbor, July 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Purdy 82kDestroyer Squadron 30 in Montreal July 1965.Marc Piché
Purdy 28kUSS BARTON (DD-722), USS HANK (DD-702) and USS PURDY (DD-734) in Cleveland, Ohio August 1965.Mike Smolinski
Purdy 43kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Purdy 87kShip's plaque.Morris Plummer/Michael Ayer
Purdy 34kShip's pin.Tommy Trampp
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Frank Lesher Johnson    Jul 18 1944 - Jul 24 1945
CDR Wilson Gartley Reifenrath    Jul 24 1945 - Nov 1 1947
CDR Arthur Jenkins Barrett Jr.    Nov 1 1947 - Nov 21 1949
CDR James Henry Ashley Jr.    Nov 21 1949 - Sep 30 1951 (Later RADM)
CDR James Pagaud Coleman    Sep 30 1951 - Jun 15 1953
CDR James Frederick Phelan    Jun 15 1953 - Mar 25 1955
CDR William Earl Simmons    Mar 25 1955 - Jun 17 1957
CDR Antoine William Venne Jr.    Jun 17 1957 - May 23 1959
LCDR Horace Clinton Holley Sr.    May 23 1959 - Mar 3 1961
CDR Albert August Steinbeck    Mar 3 1961 - Dec 12 1962
CDR David Dyer Ansel    Dec 12 1962 - Jul 25 1964
CDR Jack Conway Crandall    Jul 25 1964 - Mar 30 1966
CDR Edmund Dix Rogers Jr.    Mar 30 1966 - Apr 16 1968
CDR Robert Allen Wheeler    Apr 16 1968 - Oct 10 1969
CDR Robert Francis Campion Jr.    Oct 10 1969 - Aug 12 1971
CDR John Edward Waslowski    Aug 12 1971 - Jul 2 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Larry DiPasquale
Address: 3744 Surrey Drive, Allentown, PA 18103-5329
Phone: (610)433-4787
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

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