Date of Birth: 06/06/1950
Neighborhood: North Philadelphia
High School: Thomas Edison High School
Street: N. 19th Street
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Date of Casualty: 02/22/1969
Province of Casualty: Quang Nam
Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 24
Panel Row: 10
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Purvis planned to study art and drafting following his graduation from Thomas Edison High School in June 1968, but decided to join the Marine Corps first. The private first class, a rifleman, was sent to Vietnam and assigned to Company B of the 1st Battalion, 5th Ma-rifles, 1st Marine Division. Purvis died on Feb. 22, 1969, in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. He was 18. Survivors included his mother, stepfather, two brothers, three step-brothers and a stepsister.