As Commissioned - 1945

After FRAM 1960


    The Hugh Purvis Reunion Association (HPRA) charter is to plan and arrange reunions, assist our members in locating other shipmates and provide  information from the V.A. and other resources that may benefit you. Membership in the HPRA is granted to all those men who served aboard the USS Hugh Purvis DD709 in any year, for any length of time, in any rank or rate.

    The HPRA newsletter is published quarterly and is sent to all ACTIVE members via Email, Private On-Line-Directory or USPS. If you get your NL via electronically, it not only saves postage costs (high), but you also will see photos in color when available. So please consider using this method. NL's dating back to 2006 are available to ACTIVE members. For a complete copy, use the "Latest Newsletter ..." link below (Active members only). 
    The directory lists many, but certainly not all, of the Purvis shipmates over its 23 years in commission. The list includes all ACTIVE and HONORARY members along with all known deceased shipmates. Also listed are a number of UNKNOWN and UNINTERESTED shipmates. The directory is available electronically to all ACTIVE and HONORARY members only. If requested, a paper copy would be made available. The paper version is expensive to produce so ask only if you really need one.

Get The Latest Newsletter or Directory (from the HPRA President)

   The officers of the HPRA are elected for two year terms. The President and Secretary-Treasurer elections take place in "odd numbered years" and the Vice president in "even numbered years."  The office's of Chaplain and Webmaster are appointed-volunteer positions (appointed by the HPRA Board of directors (the elected officers). For a list of the present officers, see this page...


    Membership in the HPRA is open to any former DD709 Hugh Purvis crew member. The membership  term is from January 1 to December 31. Annual dues are $20.00 and payable to the "Hugh Purvis Reunion Association" or "HPRA" in January.  A Lifetime membership is also available for a onetime payment, depending on your age. As per the changes made at the 2011 business meeting in D.C.
              • $100 (age 70 – 79)
              • $50   (age 80 and over)
    Membership forms are available in three formats; a PDF (print and send), Microsoft Word and a Plain Text version. The PDF version requires a "PDF Reader." You most likely have one installed on your computer device. Most modern browsers will open them directly. If using the "PDF" preferred version, you can fill in the form on your PC/MAC/Tablet?Smartphone if you use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. This is highly recomended. If you want to have this capability, please read this note...


    Any questions regarding the application process may be addressed via email to: The HPRA President  or to any of the HPRA officers listed on the   ►HPRA Officers◄ page.

   If you need to update any of your personal information, use this form ...

Enter your changes, send it off and it will be taken care of.
   (One of he above forms can be used to update information
if you prefer to mail them)


    HUGHPURVIS.COM (primary) and DD709.COM are two WEB addresses the Hugh Purvis Reunion Association traditionally uses to provide you with all kinds of information.  Using either  address will take you to our actual home page, Use it and have fun with it. Note that  the website now uses the secure version of "http" called "https". HTTP(s) is the protocol used to present web pages.

    The webmaster, as the developer/editor of websites are usually called, is always open  to suggestions and comments. Each page will have a link at the bottom for you to send an email  with your comments, suggestions or concerns. Items shown below that are bold and underlined are links to somewhere or something.  There are also one or more small "ships patch's"  on most pages. Clicking the patch will send you back to the previous page. The one on the home page will send you to the top of the page. The ships patch within the top "big" logo will also send you back to the home page from any other page. There are also "little blue up arrows" on some pages (like this page). Selecting one takes you back to the top of the page. There also may be a "Menu" in a box on the right side of a page which will take you to the spot on the page the topic is located.

    There are links on the home page to request the Shipmate Directory  and Newsletters (for Active Members only). The links will bring up an email request form to the HPRA president.  

    Some  items you will see, like the "Membership Form", are in "PDF" format.  Your computer will need to have a PDF reader, like "Adobe Reader " or similar software  installed in order to access them.  If you do not have a reader installed, you can get one from here [Link to]  "ADOBE ACROBAT READER". This will provide you with the latest version. It is sometimes installed in conjunction with other software.  PDF's on this site should open in a new browser window or tab, depending how your browser is set to handle the request, and will not have a "return to previous page" button (like the ones you see below). Most modern computers will have one installed by default. The "Edge" browser in Windows 10 will open PDF's as will the latest versions of Google Chrome, FireFox and others.

    The Hugh Purvis web site is open to the WorldWideWEb and is updated often to reflect the latest information. As new information develops on future reunions or anything else important to you, it will appear on the site. If you have something you would like to see, let us know. Make the Hugh Purvis website one of your favorites and check it often.  If you feel you would like to write something for the site, please do just that and we will make arrangements to present it. Also, please get the word out to anyone you think should know about us. Remember, this site is for you and is maintained by one of your shipmates at no cost other than what we pay the service provider.


    The Commanding Officers  page was last updated on 06/16/2011 using information from shipmates and the members of NavSource. We believe we have as correct a list as possible.  If you have anything to add, please address it to the webmaster. Among the missing are some dates and photos. There is a "Notes" page that you can get to from the NOTES column in the table. Clicking on highlighted items will bring up the Notes  page. (This project is considered completed.)


    One of the best ways to share your own photos is to have a free account of your own on one of the photo sharing sites. Presentations on these sites must be set to be available to the public, otherwise they will not work. If they are private, the viewer would need their own account for it to work. We no longer use Google Photos. Here are a couple....
  • Snapfish
  • and any others you might use, let us know.
    You can also share from Google photos, Microsoft One Drive and other cloud based services. Please make sure any photos you provide are NOT "Copyright Protected." If they are your own, they are fine, if they come from the web, they will need to be checked out for any copyright notices. If they come from "Public Domain" sources they are usually fine.
    If you do not have your own photo site, there are a several methods you can use to send photos for our "PICTURE GALLERY" and "Slideshows and Albums."  If you have only a couple, you can email them to  the webmaster (link below).  This is good for up to 3 photos at a time. They are sent as attachments in your email. The Help link in the email form explains how. You can also get the real email address from the latest HPRA directory. Look inside the cover page for it.
    We now have a way to upload photos to a custom directory. It is a private link and if you want to try it, contact the HPRA president or the webmaster.

    There is also a "You Tube" site for video purposes. Your videos can be uploaded directly to YouTube and the link provided to us. Or you can put then on a DVD or Thumb Drive and mail them to us. You Tube videos do disapear after some unknow time period.

WIKIPEDIA.ORG , Destroyers On Line and U. S. Navy sited for much of the information on the History Pages.
NAV SOURCE for their help with the C/O pages and ships photos used in various presentations. for the use of their Navy ship photos
MICROSOFT SWAY. "SWAY" is a product of Microsoft and used for some slideshow presentations.
ADOBE SPARK - used to create photo montage's (free)
USVCP - U.S. Veterans Compensation - express permission to reprint articles - No license required.
Carrier First Flight photos from The Smithsonian National Air and Sea Museum. Many photos there are "zero fee use"
Professional photo services from "Price Perfect Photos", Boston, Ma. (2008 and 2011) and "SMC Photo Promotions", Deerfield, Il. (2009 and 2010)
Document made with KompoZer   Site pages created with Komposer from and Expression Web from Microsoft   
Google Analytics for site statistics
DD709 Art Work - DD709 ArtWork from John Robert Barrett, Artist
Special programming services by B.E.S. at ""
Some articles are written by association members. Those members are responsible for the content including photo sources. (primary) and (secondary)  are  domain names owned by the "Hugh Purvis Reunion Association"