Allied Warships

USS Purdy (DD 734)

Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassAllen M. Sumner 
PennantDD 734 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down22 Dec 1943 
Launched7 May 1944 
Commissioned18 Jul 1944 
End service 

Decommissioned at an unknown date.
Stricken 1 July 1973.
Sold 11 June 1974 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Purdy (DD 734)

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1T/Cdr. Frank Lesher Johnson, USN18 Jul 194424 Jul 1945
2T/Cdr. Wilson Gartley Reifenrath, USN24 Jul 1945Nov 1947

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Notable events involving Purdy include:

7 Feb 1945
With her shakedown completed USS Purdy departed from Trinidad bound for San Diego, California.

17 Mar 1945
USS Purdy arrived at Leyte, Philippines.

27 Mar 1945
USS Purdy departed from Leyte to participate in the Okinawa campaign.

1 Apr 1945
USS Purdy arrived in the Okinawa area.

12 Apr 1945
USS Purdy is heavily damaged by Japanese kamikaze aircraft of Okinawa in position 27°16'N, 127°50'E. 15 of her crew were killed and 58 were wounded. Purdy put into Kerama Retto for temporary repairs. Later she headed to Guam for further repairs.

28 May 1945
USS Purdy arrived at San Francisco for full repairs and overhaul.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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