Patrick Lawrence PurdinHospitalman
H&S CO, 1ST BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Navy
17 March 1948 - 22 November 1969
Long Beach, California
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You were a great friend. We had a lot of fun in Hospital Corps School. I thought we would be friends forever. When we went over there together, I really wish we had gone to the same battalion. I wrote you after you shortly after we got there to tell you about 2/1 but never heard back from you. Your mother wrote me after she received your stuff. My letter was with it. I'm proud to know you received the Silver Star (posthumously) and are buried at Arlington. You died trying to save your Marines. I've visited your grave several times. I'm sorry you missed out on so much of life. 21 is so young to have died. Semper Fi, Marine.
From a friend and Corps School classmate.
"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business
than a Navy Corpsman ..."
-- Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller --
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Aug 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009