Purdy, Frederick Warren, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, USS Strong (DD-467)
Service Years
1933 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chicago, IL
Last Address
3407 Lowell St
Washington, DC

Casualty Date
Jul 05, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Mississippi (BB-41)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)US Navy
  1933-1936, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1936-1936, Commander, Battle Force, Pacific Fleet
  1936-1937, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport RI
  1937-1937, Washington Naval Shipyard
  1937-1939, USS Bagley (DD-386)
  1939-1939, USS Greer (DD-145)
  1939-1940, 15th Naval District
  1940-1942, USS California (BB-44)
  1942-1943, USS Strong (DD-467)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle of Kolombangara
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1929-1933, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 01, 1933, Commissioned Ensign
  Jun 01, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1940, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 18, 1944, USS Purdy (DD-734) commissioned1
  Mar 24, 2020, General Photos2
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Last Known Activity

On the morning of 5 July 1943, American forces landed at Rice Anchorage. USS Strong (DD-467) and TF 18 were to support the landings by shelling Vila-Stanmore, Enogai, and Bairoko. Strong and Nicholas entered Bairoko Harbor to search ahead of the main force and shelled the harbor from 00:30 to 00:40. Nine minutes later, Strong's gunnery officer sighted a torpedo wake. Before he had time to notify the bridge, the torpedo hit her port side aft. Chevalier intentionally rammed Strong's bow to enable her to throw nets and lines to the stricken ship, and removed 241 men in about seven minutes. Japanese gunners on Enogai beach spotted the ships, illuminated them with star shells, and then opened fire with high explosives. O'Bannon began counter-battery fire in an effort to silence the enemy guns which were soon hitting Strong. Chevalier had to cease rescue operations lest she also get hit. Strong began to settle rapidly with a list to starboard. She broke in half just before sinking. Several of her depth charges exploded, causing further injuries and loss of life. Forty-six men perished with the ship.

LCDR Purdy was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Silver Star
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Strong (DD-467)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Frederick Warren Purdy (NSN: 0-72289), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. STRONG (DD-467), when that vessel was torpedoed and sunk by enemy Japanese forces in Kula Gulf, Solomon Islands, 5 July 1943. Working desperately and with no thought of his own safety during the seven minutes in which the rescue vessel was alongside, Lieutenant Commander Purdy aided all the enlisted men on the forecastle of the stricken ship over the side by way of hand lines. Continuing his courageous efforts in behalf of others aboard, he was last seen searching for an injured member of the crew reported to be on the deck behind the gun mount. Lieutenant Commander Purdy's heroic spirit of self-sacrifice and his inspiring conduct throughout a hazardous and critical period were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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