Orville Bellfield Putnam

Orville Bellfield Putnam

Birth
Maryland, USA
Death 12 Apr 1945 (aged 41)
At Sea
Burial Shelby, Toole County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 85006835 · View Source
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Husband of Mary Agnes Putnam who resided in Montana.

Orville served as a Radio Technician Second Class, U.S.S. Purdy (DD-734), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in North Beach, Calvert County, Maryland prior to the war.

The U.S.S. Purdy was assigned screening duty off Okinawa. A Japanese kamikaze came close to the Purdy before being shot down, however the momentum carried it to the destroyer where its bomb broke loose, pierced her plating and exploded to kill 15, seriously wound 25, and cause extensive damage during the war.

Orville was one of the 15 "Killed In Action" during this attack.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 5546516

The surviving family of soldiers were allowed to request what State appeared on their Tombstone. That is the case with this soldier's headstone.

The U.S.S. Purdy earned one battle star during World War II and 3 during the Korean War.


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 15 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85006835
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Orville Bellfield Putnam (9 Oct 1903–12 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85006835, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Shelby, Toole County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .