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BERNARD GEORGE PURVIS
 

JOHN  O'DONNELL
MARINE VET
HONORING A BRAVE MARINE HERO
THIS MAN HAS GIVEN OF HIMSELF EVERTHING HE COULD, SO THAT HIS BROTHER MARINES AND THE PEOPLE BACK HOME COULD LIVE A MORE PEACEFUL LIFE. THIS GIFT OF HIS LIFE SHOWS THE GREATNESS OF THIS HERO. HERO'S DON'T WEAR A CAPE OR MASK NO! THEY WEAR MARINE GREEN. AS EACH DAY PASSES,WE MUST TAKE THE TIME TO REMEMBER WHAT THIS HERO GAVE UP! SO THAT WE COULD LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY. THANK YOU ! SEMPER FI! HERO YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
Mar 22, 2014


Silver Star  Citation (full)
Silver Star Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal Bernard G. Purvis (MCSN: 2391296), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company A, First Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 29 January 1969, Lance Corporal Purvis' squad was participating in a combat patrol near An Hoa in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of hostile fire delivered by a well-concealed enemy force. Reacting instantly, he skillfully deployed his men into effective fighting positions and unhesitatingly led an aggressive assault against the hostile unit. Completely disregarding his own safety, he repeatedly exposed himself to the intense enemy fire as he fearlessly moved about the hazardous area, shouting words of encouragement to his men and directing their accurate fire upon the hostile emplacements until he was mortally wounded. His outstanding leadership and aggressive fighting spirit inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the subsequent defeat of the enemy. By his courage, bold initiative and unfaltering devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Purvis contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. Action Date: 29-Jan-69 Service: Marine Corps Rank: Lance Corporal Company: Company A Battalion: 1st Battalion Regiment: 3d Marines Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
Jan 27, 2012


John  LeCuyer
jonlec@q.com
High school friend
36455 CR. 21 Elizabeth CO 80107
Butch
I graduated with Butch in 1966 from Norwood-Norfolk High School. I was in Vietnam during the same time assigned to the 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.In February of the same year of his death I ended-up being assigned with a group from 3rd Marines in Quang-Tri for about 40 days. We very well could have been a stones throw away and we didn't know it.I never knew what unit he was with or what happened to him until now. Small world. Semper-Fi buddy.
Oct 8, 2010


Sam  Hughes
sam@samchughes.com
Remember Our Fallen Marines
4247 KNOLLPASS SAN ANTONIO TX 78247-2162 United States
Never forget our Fallen Marines
http://marines.togetherweserved.com/profile/127061
Silver Star Award: Synopsis: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Bernard G. Purvis (2391296), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 29, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Purvis upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Home Town: Norfolk, New York
Sep 8, 2008


manny  g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother”. Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!

Jan 27, 2008


Fellow  Marine
Well done Marine rest in peace
THE TIME you won your town the race We chaired you through the market-place Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high. To-day, the road all runners come, Shoulder-high we bring you home, And set you at your threshold down, Townsman of a stiller town. Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose. Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut, And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears: Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man. So set, before its echoes fade, The fleet foot on the sill of shade, And hold to the low lintel up The still-defended challenge-cup. And round that early-laurelled head Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead, And find unwithered on its curls The garland briefer than a girl’s. A.E. Housman, "Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you.
I've called your name. You're mine.
Isaiah 43:1 (REN)
Semper Fi

Jan 27, 2008


Don  Bishop
Bullpen.13@hotmail.com
Childhood Friend
2 Crabb Street Norfolk NY 13667 USAProud
Proud of the Man and his Service to Our Country
It's been so many years, now, that it still amazes me that your memory is still so very clear in my mind and in my heart. You were and are a good friend, Butch and it certainly does not surprise me that so many of your friends, from over there, honor you with their stories of your heroics. Anyone that ever knew you would expect nothing less. Thank you for your sacrifice and God Bless you, my friend.
Donnie
Nov 24, 2007


Jennifer Burns
sky_lava@yahoo.com
PROUD AMERICAN
Though you are gone you will never be forgotten! You and men
like you, are the reason we are free today! I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the sacrifices that you made! I hold you and those like you in the highest regard and you deserve nothing less! I love you all, you were and always will be HEROES to me! I promise never to take for granted the freedoms I have, which you paid the ultimate price for! Happy Birthday!
I WILL REMEMBER YOU!!!

Gratefully yours,Jenn

Apr 29, 2007


DANNY MAY
DARLINMAY@AOL.COMM
FRIEND
312 TIMBER LANE
MANSFIELD, LA 71052 USA
A FALLEN FRIEND
THIS IS FOR ANYONE WHO MAY STUMBLE ALONG AND FIND THIS. I FOUGHT ALONG SIDE MANY YOUNG MEN IN THE JUNGLES OF VIETNAM. SOME OF THEM CAME HOME. MANY DID NOT. SOME MADE IT BACK BECAUSE BUTCH WAS THERE TO HELP THEM. BUDDY I WILL NEVER FORGET OUR TIME TOGETHER. YOU ARE MISSED BY MANY. DEE
Thursday, December 06, 2001


Scott Herriott
sherriot@cinci.rr.com
Served together
1069 Carraway Ln
Milford, Ohio 45150 USA
Purvis arrived in Vietnam perhaps five months before I did. He and I were assigned to the third platoon, A Company, First Battalion, Third Marines. He was injured in September of 1968 in the course of a battle with the NVA on Mutters Ridge. He returned to our platoon after recovering from his injury. I was transferred away from the third platoon before he was killed. He always did whatever was requested without complaint or hesitation. I don't remember hearing him complain about anything. He was a fine young man. It is tragic that his life ended so soon. I think of him often.
Monday, October 10, 2005

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