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William Reynolds Purnell

Date of death: 5-Mar-55

William Purnell graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1908. He retired as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander William Reynolds Purnell, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. LAMSON, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity during World War I.

Action Date: World War I

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Lamson

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral William Reynolds Purnell, United States Navy, for especially meritorious service as Chief of Staff to Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet, and Commander U.S. Forces, Southwest, Pacific, since the outbreak of war for duties involving great responsibility connected with formulation plans, counseling their application and aid in directing execution, especially of offensive missions of forces of this command which have resulted in substantial damage to the enemy together with skill and tact displayed in, negotiating, conferring and dealing with Commanders of the Allied Forces during World War II.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 302 (May 1942)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Navy

Rank: Rear Admiral