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Donald Cook GM
Years Served: 1952 -1954
How well I remember my first ship assignment on the Hughie P. Rode a troop train from Great Lakes to Norfolk to catch the Ship and of course it was not there, so was sent on to Newport and one of the first trips out was Operation Main-Brace in the Northern Atlantic in the coldest weather I had ever seen. First morning after going aboard, shined Brass on the Forecastle for Jake Allard 3rd class Bosun who ran first division and the Ole' Man's number one boy.Ended up working for Blackwell and Herbie as a Gunner striker and made 3rd class before catching the USS Ingersoll DD 652 to the west coast. Man had a lot of friends on the Hughie P and we were transferred there by alphabetical order. Guy's like another Cook, Copella, Conroy, Entwistle, Oh hell, been to many years ago but do know morning muster was a lot of C's who answered the call. Don't remember the Skippers name but do remember the Ships Party he threw at one of the better Hotels in Newport and we were never asked back to because they remembered us so well. Skipper was also the only one who had not made full Commander out of his graduated Class. One helluva man and knew his crew. The XO I also can't remember his name was standing on the Pier in San Diego when we pulled into our new home port from east coast to west coast on the Ingersoll. XO used to wear Combat boots and a white T shirt and never passed the galley without getting a snack. The couple years I spent on the Ingersoll he treated me like his kid and always visited my work station to shoot the Bull. Another damned nice man.


CARROL E MORRIS
Years Served: 1959-1963
SOG 2. presently living in Tucson, AZ. Retired from Eastman Kodak Co. My wife Connie passed away Dec.1 2007.


Jim Woofter
Years Served: 1968
Living in Cortland,Ohio married with 5 grown children and 12 grandchildren. Professional photographer of 32 years retired and now currently own and publish our community newspaper the Cortland News.


dave englefield
Years Served: 1970-1972
I still have my copy of the 1971 Hugh Purvis year book.

Dave e.


JAMES WHITAKER
Years Served: 1969
I WENT ABOARD THE PURVIS IN APRIL 69 AND LEFT HER IN OCT 69. I WAS AN SK1 . I WAS TRANSFERRED TO NORFOLK VA AREA AND RETIRED FROM ACB2 IN 75. AFTER RETIRING, I MOVED TO OREGON WHERE I WORKED FOR THE CITY OF ONTARIO, ORE. RETIRED FROM THE CITY IN 93 THEN MOVED BACK TO MY HOMETOWN OF BLACKEY, KY.

I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 51 YRS. HAVE 4 SONS, 8 GRANDCHILDREN AND 5 GREAT GRANDS.

E-MAIL ME AT usnretwhitaker@yahoo.com


Jeffrey M. Carter
Years Served: '69-'72
This is a great site, happy you set it up. I am looking forward to hearing from former shipmates that I have lost touch with. It was a great experience serving on the HughieP!


Jeff "Jaybird&quot
Years Served: 1964-1966
As a sonarman I had great duty on the Purvis. As a member of the Hugh Purvis Reunion Association I continue to have some good laughs and fun times at the annual reunions.

In 2009 we will be meeting in Chicago, IL for our 18th annual reunion. Check out the Purvis web site

www.HUGHPURVIS.com

for more information.


Tom Lynch
Years Served: 1966-1969
Tom Lynch RM3 (radio-man 3rd class) went on Gitmo, San Juan, and Med cruise. discharged Dec 1969, while Huey P was in the yards, in Boston.
I am living in Minnesota (born and raised) Still working and have plans on retiring someday and moving to Arizona. Married with two boys.
would love to hear from someone who remembers me.


Donald Cox
Years Served: 1969 - 1972
One of the best ships I was on.


patrick d winsor
Years Served: 64-67
winsor ETN 2 my time aboard the HUGH PURVIS WAS A LIFE EXPERIENCE I WILL NEVER FORGET. I WOULD TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE GUYS


Steve Malick
Years Served: 69-71
Great ship with a even greater bunch of guys. Still enjoy looking at photos of the 70-71 Med cruise.


Gene Sampieri (Sam)
Years Served: 1961 to 1963
Served aboard from 1/61 to 2/63. Looking for former members of the Sonar gang. Have seen John Goldsworthy (Lt. Jg) and talked to Andy Razmussen. Carrol Morris (Moe) - I see your name here and have tried to call in the past, but you don't answer. If you see this, contact me via www.hughpurvis.com using the email link at the bottom. Ron LLoyd and Gary Gamble passed away a few years back.


Ken Larson
Years Served: 69-71
I look back at my time on Hughie P. fondly. I reported on board as a QM3 working for QM2 Jim Alford and left 2 years later as QM2 after the last Med Cruise. I also still have the last Cruise Book. On the HPRA web page there is a great pic by Lt. Turneau of me and QM2 Steve Malick on the bridge underway in the Med. After separation from active duty I moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL and stayed in the Navy Reserve, finally retiring in Dec. 1996 as a Senior Chief QM.



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  • Wayne Dupre on

    I was a Sonarman fire control tech and reported aboard in late 69 or early 70 and was aboard till the end. I had to help do some training of the Turks. Was like stacking BB"s. I loved my service on the Purvis and I am still in touch with four or five of my shipmates from then plus others before my service. We have lost a few of our original Sonar gang and I am glad I knew them. All of my shipmates on the Huey P were great guys. From the signal bridge to the snipe hideouts from the Bonuns locker to after stearing. They were all wonderful guys and we meshed like fine machined gears. I would do it all over if given the chance.

  • Bob Koch FTG2 on

    Served on board from summer of 1970 through the med cruise. Stayed till the sale to the Turks. Great ship, good people. Carter,are you still hung over from that ouzo in the SF Shop?


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