Jay joined the Army in August 1966 as he was beginning his senior year at Catholic High. Sergeant Purifoy was killed by small arms fire in battle on January 8, 1967, in Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam.
At the request of his family Jay's funeral was conducted at Catholic High in 1967 with the student body in attendance. Jay's was the first such service ever conducted at Catholic High School.
The CHS '67 yearbook has a pages 30-31 dedicated to him.
SGT HUBERT J PURIFOY can be found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Panel 13E Line 127.