Hugh Purvis Commanding Officer
Notes. Help us here please!! Updated
Officer Notes... Below are the
notes on some of the early C/O's. There are still several dates that
are incomplete. Help from anyone aboard during any period
would be greatly appreciated. More photos would also help, including
those men we already have.
CDR N. Sampson -
(Removed from the list) It turns out he was C/O of the USS
Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) and appeared by mistake for the
Hugh Purvis. That is now corrected on Nav Source. LCDR T. Buell -
("a'") The dates received from Dennis
had shown him as C/O from Sept. 01, 1945 to Oct. 01,
1945, just prior to CDR Musgrave. We now know, from a 1946 newspaper
clipping, Buell was the X/O under Musgrave. It is likely he became X/O
under CDR Gurnette, though all indications are he was "Acting C/O" for
the month of September, 1945. CDR B.L. Gurnette - ( "A" in the table ) We know CDR Gurnette was
the first C/O, since we have the Commissioning Program. According to
the information on CDR Musgrave, Gurnette's end date would be 10/1/1945. CDR C.W. Musgrave
- ( "B" in the table )Information from Norman
Shiren (CIC officer 1945) reports that C.W. Musgrave was the
C/O when he reported aboard later in 1945. He thought he was the first
C/O. We have the Commissioning Program from March 1, 1945
showing that CDR Gurnette was first.
Using Norman's information, CDR Gurnette was relieved October 1, 1945
by CDR Musgrave. CDR
Denekas - ( "E" in the table ) We now have have
information from John Beaver (YN 1951) that he is for real.
He relieved CDR McCarley in October, 1950. CDR
- ( "F" in the table ) Information received from George Beal (50-52)
CDR Thomas relieved CDR Denekas around October 20, 1952. He is not sure
of LCDR Martin's status but is sure Martin was not a C/O, most likely
an X/O at some point.
G.W. Martin Jr. & LCDR J.P.Gorman - (f ' - f*) According
to information from
George Beal (50-52) LCDR Martin was an X/O even though he is
listed on Nav Source as a DD709 C/O. There are indications he was
"Acting C/O" due to an injury to CDR Thomas. LCDR Gorman is also shown
as an acting C/O under CDR Thomas for a similar reason.
(From Margaret Gorman (Granddaughter on 3/30/2010: Just prior to the
MAINBRACE 13-24 Sept 1952 the Commanding Officer of the Hugh Purvis
suffered an accident and was hospitalized. LCDR Gorman expressed high
confidence in his ability to handle the ship although he had been
Executive Officer for only a short period. of time and his succession
to temporary command was approved.) Link... (New from
Margaret Gorman - 2/12/2011 - A newspaper clip of Gorman's promotion to
LCDR and his 1952 fitness report.)
The sequence of
duty is Thomas, Martin, Thomas, Gorman, Thomas; all over a short
If anyone has a handle on this let us know. This is from two of the
contributors to Nav Source, Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves.
Wolfgang is from Germany and likes this kind of research. Ron is a
retired Chief Petty Officer. Fred Willshaw maintains the Nav Source
pages and provided us with their information. If anyone has further information
on any of these, please use the link at the bottom of most pages, to
let us know.