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Dear Ms. Dehler,
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According to NavSource, PT 709 was only briefly in service during 1945. Based on the information below, we believe that instead you may have a photograph of DD-709. You may wish to compare the photograph that you have to those linked below.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that includes the muster rolls of the Destroyer Hugh Purvis, (DD-709), which contains multiple entries for Harry Paul Born (Service Number 992 36 76). These muster roles have been digitized and may be viewed online through the National Archives Catalog. To summarize the information located: Harry Paul Born was transferred to the USS Hugh Purvis on 26 September 1946, from Receiving Station Brooklyn; at the time his rank was Seaman 2nd Class (S2); by 1 May 1947, he was promoted to Seaman 1st Class (S1); on 3 September 1947, he departed on leave and he returned on 13 September 1947; on 22 March 1948, he transferred to Receiving Station Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for processing and discharge; and he was still a Seaman 1st Class at the time.
We also located Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels, 1883 - 1972 in the Records of the Bureau of Ship (Record Group 19) that includes 17 photographs of the USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) which have been digitized and are available online.
Additionally, we located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Record Group 24 that include the deck logs of the USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) for 1946 through 1948. These records have not been digitized and are not available online. For more information about the deck logs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a more complete record of his service, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and before 1959 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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Also, the unofficial website NavSource has a page about the Hugh Purvis (DD-709).
For information about cruise books and training class yearbooks, we would suggest you contact the Director, Navy Department Library, 805 Kidder Breese Street SE, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060. The Navy Department Library also has a collection of old cruise books that are available online.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you for all of that information.
Thanks. I was able to find 7 of these on Ancestry.