The USS Purdy (DD-734) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on December 22, 1943, as DD-734 and launched on July 18, the following year. It was commissioned on July 18, 1944, under Comdr. Frank L. Johnson’s command and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned in 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Trinidad, Guam, Hawaii, Maine, Boston, Korea, Greece, and Chile. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1973, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Purdy received 1 battle star and another 3 for the activity during the Korean War. The USS Purdy (DD-734) is one of the thousands of Navy ships where many service members suffered significant asbestos exposures. If you or a loved one served onboard the USS Purdy (DD-734) and developed an asbestos-related disease, please call our office today and we will gladly guide you towards the closest VA office or medical center in your state so that you can benefit from the healthcare you deserve as soon as possible.