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The Death of Navy Tradition

by Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Sousa (ret.)
Contributed by Sal Contello


The Hugh Purvis Reunion Association (HPRA) charter is to plan and arrange reunions, assist our members in locating other shipmates and provide important information from the V.A. and other sources that you may need. Membership in the HPRA is granted to those men who served on the USS Hugh Purvis DD-709 in any year, for any length of time, in any rank or rate. Information on membership is available here  


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Remember, the HPRA, this Web Site, the Shipmate Directory and the Newsletters are not possible without your financial support.

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A FREE HAT For ALL New members!!

   Have you ever served aboard the USS Hugh Purvis - DD709? If so,  we would like to have you become a member of the Hugh Purvis Reunion Association (aka HPRA). The HPRA provides a directory of your shipmates, plans the annual reunion to interesting places with great tours, the annual business meeting and the formal dinner. The reunions are for members and their spouse or significant other, or you can just come alone and still have a great time. You will make new friends or see some old ones. Membership is just $20 a year. Also, an age dependent lifetime membership is available (see the membership information link above). The value for our dues is one of the best for reunion associations.

    For an example of our reunions, select the "2014 Reunion" button in the left hand column on this page and go to the bottom section for "Recap Links to Past Reunions". These reunions are what we all look forward to. Planning starts two years in advance by the reunion chairman (VP George). Ideas for the reunion location are presented by members and voted on during the annual business meeting which is held at each reunion. The 2015 reunion will be in New Orleans, La. in October.

    So, join up and receive this great free hat (includes shipping). It is similar to the one in the picture above (click on it) shown in a light color; the actual hat is navy. Then come to the next reunion and be ready for a great time. See the next newsletter or the reunion recap page on this site for more information.

p.s. – For you ACTIVE members;

   Have a look through your Shipmate Directory, checking the "INACTIVE" section. Some previously active members have landed there for varying reasons, the primary one; not being up-to-date with their dues. They just need to pay their dues, either the regular amount or the Lifetime graduated amount (see the Membership link above). Reception of his dues will result in immediate reinstatement to ACTIVE status. An up-to-date electronic version of the directory is available on the DD709 Yahoo Group, or you can use the "...contact..." link at the bottom of the page to get a copy. If you are shown to be an active member,  you will receive one via email.


   The HPRA newsletter is published quarterly and is sent to all ACTIVE members via Email or USPS. If you get your NL via email, it not only saves postage costs (high), but will also be in color for many of the photos. So please consider using this method. Newsletters are also available on the DD709 Yahoo Group and can be obtained from there If you are a Y!Group member. NL's dating back to 2006 are also  there. A modified version (Web Site Version below) is on this site. For a complete copy, use the "Complete Version ..." link below (Active members only). The February, 2015 issue covers the the upcoming "New Orleans Reunion". Look for more in later newsletters including registration and tour information.

The latest Newsletter is February, 2015.

Available versions...

Web Site version (Modified)     Y!Group Version (Complete)

Complete Version (from the HPRA President)

Click here for a list of STATES and COUNTRIES Logged as HPRA Web Site Visitors

2014 Reunion Attendees  (Select for larger image)

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