From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Bruce Purvis '57

Date of birth: July 30, 1934

Date of death: March 24, 1960

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1957 Lucky Bag:


Bruce was lost on March 24, 1960 when his FJ-4B Fury aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from USS Hancock while operating off the northern California coast. He was a member of Attack Squadron (VA) 216.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Ejnar Thompson '44 was lost while operating from Hancock on the same day in a separate incident.

Charles Swope '57 and Dwight Worrell '57 were also in 15th Company.

Class of 1957

Bruce is one of 38 members of the Class of 1957 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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