peters (62-65) RD2
I was on board between 1962 and 1965 as
a radarman in CIC. After my service time, I worked for several years
for Raytheon, working on the Apollo Program. After that, I went to work
for the USPS and retired after spending 42 years with them.
Richard Reno (69-72)
After I left Hugh Purvis I
went to COSRIVRON II (PTF_25) out of Little Creek, VA. I discharged in
July 1973 and found my way back to Colorado where I enrolled in Denver
Automotive and Diesel College. While attending, my cousin talked me
into joining the Navy Reserve.
I married in 1974 and moved to California, where I began working at
various auto dealerships as a mechanic. In the reserves I served on USS
Holister DD788, Quapaw ATF-110, NAS Cubi Pt. Phillipines, Assault Craft
Unit I, and OAF Atsugi, Japan. (did a total of 20 years reserve for a
total 24 years). In 1978 I went to work for GTE telephone company. I
attended Oxnard College earning an AA in Business, which helped me move
up to a manager position. I managed several GTE garage facilities until
1993, when I took a buyout package.
We moved back to Colorado with our 3 daughters and went to work for
AutoZone. After 4 years I accepted a position with the Colorado
Department of Corrections, supervising a vehicle maintenance facility
at the prison in our area. Then after 14 years I retired and now am
employed part-time as Automotive Instructor at Intellitec College.
The many skill I learned while in A-Gang onboard the Purvis have
benefited me my entire career. My Navy and Civilian Careers have been
very rewarding and I would not change a thing. I retired from the Navy
Reserve in 1994 as an EN1, with 24 years credited.
R. Kietzman (67-69) YN3
Before I left the Huey P [the day we
got into Newport from the ‘nam tour] I was an “almost graduate” of
Syracuse U – [the “almost” part having a great deal to do with my
presence on the Hugh Purvis, in the first place] I took the LSATs in
Olongapo when we were in from the gun line. It was so F’ing
hot I couldn’t lean over the answer sheet for fear of dripping sweat
all over it.
I went to work on a construction job in
mountain lake NY, working 9 hours five days a week and eight more on
Saturdays and applied to law school. SU gave me my
last two credits for naval service and white-washed my
“record”. I got a war service scholarship, which together
with GI bill and the construction wages [minus beer…] paid for my first
year at Albany law school.
Fast forward 60 years and I’m
still working as a lawyer.
If not for the navy and the shipmates, there’s no way I get
straightened out sufficiently to get into law school – and YES, lads –
I DO dabble in vehicle and traffic work for over served co-workers and
ex- shipmates in the area, if need be.
(Paul R. Kietzman -
Senior Counsel - NYSARC, Inc.)
Sampieri (61-63) SOG2
(Rate now is STG)
I was always playing around with electrical items around the house.
Originally I wanted to be an electrician and applied for an
apprenticeship at NY Ship Building in Camden NJ. That didn't happen in
time; they wanted to make me a "shipfitter"; no way! I also took a
correspondence course while in high school for
joined the navy in Feb. 1959 as no real jobs were forthcoming and was
"guaranteed" something in electronic technology and ended up at the
Fleet Sonar School -
Key West. Sonarmen had just started being their own technicians in
1957/58 time period. My first ship was the USS McGowan - DD678 which
was transferred to Spain (in Barcelona). I returned to the states on
the Essex (CV9). and went aboard the Purvis as an E4 in Jan. 1961. When
I left the Purvis in Feb. 1962 I was lead sonarman and E5 under Chief
There were very few jobs available at
that time and a friend talked me in to going to school. He also got me
hired as a Pizza Baker to help defray the costs. I graduated from
Temple University Community College in 1966 with an AAS/EET and was
hired in to the
research area of AT&T Bell Labs. (Became Lucent Bell Labs then
Alcatel-Lucent and now Nokia.) I spent my whole career in research (35
years) working with some of the best and brightest people around. It
was fun and rewarding. I retired in July of 2001 and started another
position with a
startup two weeks later. That company went under right after 9/11 and
I decided to stay fully retired.
The navy was the right for me and helped put me on
the path my career would take. I still make pizza on occasion at home
for friends and family (dough and sauce from scratch, my own recipes).
I married in 1970 to Allein who I met through a Bell Labs Bowling
League Party in 1968.
L. Williams (52-55) RM2
I served on the
USS Hugh Purvis (DD709) from 1952-55 as a radioman 2nd class petty
officer (RM2). Upon discharge from the navy, I became a New York City
Officer to help finance my education. While a NYC Police Officer, I
completed both college and Law School in the daytime and worked a 4pm
to midnight shift in the 48th precinct (the Bronx). Seven years of
school (4 yrs college and 3 yrs law school) were completed in 5-1/2
years in an accelerated program.
Upon completion of my education I held
positions, including the KNAPP Commission (investigating alleged police
corruption), the McKay Commission on Attica (Executive Director -
investigating the Attica Uprising). In 1977, I became a New York State
Judge and served for 31 years.
I sat on the following benches: Criminal
Supreme Court and the Appellate Division 1st Dept. From 1985 to 1993 I
was in charge of all N. Y. state courts in NYC. In 2002 I served as the
Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, 1st Department. (Select
Mielnicki (45-47) FN
When I was discharged
in 1946 jobs were not plentiful so I joined the 52/20 club; $20 a week
for 52 weeks. (Link to Time Article). In the interim a VA
Counselor would try to find us jobs. There were jobs available but it
was not what I wanted. Eventually I found employment on my own.
In 1950 I got hired
by CON EDISON in their Sub Station Department. You were hired to make
repairs, with another mechanic, on various types of equipment like
circuit breakers, transformers, rheostats, selsyn motors used for
telegraphy etc. We were known as the “Fresh GI’s” because of our
training thanks to Uncle Sam. In 1961 I was asked if I would be
interested in going for an interview with the System Operations
Department whose function was to keep the system running on a daily
My first assignment
was as Emergency Foreman, assigning people to outages Lights
Out, gas leaks and whatever emergency that would impact the
system and the public. My next assignment was as a District Operator
Manhattan/Bronx at the Energy Control Center. Responsibilities
consisted of DC and AC stations providing various voltages, 2.4kv,
13kv, 69kv, 138kv, 345kv, and assigning station operators to process
feeder cables and routine field work. Trip-outs were treated
entirely different depending on the voltage, whether they were overhead
or underground and what relays operated during a Trip-out. Overhead was
much easier as it required a visual inspection either by walking or
helicopter. Underground cables were much harder as they required
station operators and field operators to go in the man-holes and outage
times, depending on the fault, could vary from a couple days to a
My next assignment
was as a Power Dispatcher, matching generation and purchases to the
load. This was really where my navy experience blended together
standing switchboard watch in the engine room and being observant of
all the terminology that was being used, especially when not on watch.
My navy job was as a 24hr repairman, was beneficial for this position.
I was able to absorb a lot of knowledge without knowing it. Thanks to
all my mentors I was able to educate myself through their knowledge. My
next assignment as a System Operator, scheduling requests of equipment
outages while on shift running the system which consisted of Gas, Steam
and Electric. I remember my first day in this position, the Chief
System Operator said he would be available but after a 1/2 hour I was
on my own. I felt the seat of my pants were damp.
After the blackout of
1978 we were required to attend school in Albany, N.Y studying Power
Technologies. After two years we received our associate’s degree. That
was an experience, trying to remember formulas from previous
schooling. After 10 years doing that I was offered the position of
Interchange Coordinator. Based on the weather and time of the
year, using historical data we would predict the load, then the load
versus the generation and purchases, which should be should equal. A
lot depended on cable limitations and the System Operator would load
the cables accordingly. Many times we would purchase low & sell
high to other utilities that was a plus in loading.
After 47 years I
figured it was time to retire.