CO USS Skagit AKA 105
24 October 1959 - 27 October 1960
Born on October 17, 1909, and raised in Maryland, Captain Purdie attended St. John's College at Annapolis where he received his degree in Languages and Physics in 1930.
In 1940 The Captain became a Line Officer in the U. S. Navy.
Early in his naval career he commanded a squadron of LSTs known as Unit number 2 (Force U) that were slated to be part of the 2nd wave of the D-Day invasion, and to land in the section of Utah Beach known as "Uncle Red".
From 1940-1962 as a Line Officer the Captain's principal Naval duties were in ship command and staff operational planning. He taught Spanish and assisted in Seamanship and Navigation for two years at the Naval Academy. He commanded five ships and two amphibious squadrons. Served as Staff Officer for eight years engaged in detailed operational planning, and commanded the Pacific Fleet Amphibious Operational Training Unit (AOTU).
In 1947 he graduated from the U.S. Naval General Line School, Newport, Rohde Island where he had a ten month course in Naval subjects including Marine Engineering, Ordinance, Navigation, and Administration.
In 1957 he graduated from the U. S. Army War college, Carlisle Barracks Pennsylvania, where he had a ten month course in Military Planning, Strategy, and International Relations.
In 1962 The Captain retired from the Navy
From 1962 to 1967 he was employed as a Operations Control Analyst, Aerojet General Corporation, Sacramento California, where he was first assistant to the to the Polaris Project Engineer in program administration.
The Captain was married, and had three children, he passed away in February 1974 in Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida.
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Mary Purdie Lambeth