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USS Mullinnix (DD 944)

- decommissioned -
- sunk as a target -


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USS MULLINNIX was one of the FORREST SHERMAN - class destroyers and the first ship in the Navy named after Rear Admiral Henry Maston Mullinnix. Decommissioned on August 11, 1983, and stricken from the Navy list on July 26, 1990, the MULLINNIX was finally sunk as a target on August 23, 1992.

General Characteristics:Awarded: October 23, 1954
Keel laid: April 5, 1956
Launched: March 18, 1957
Commissioned: March 7, 1958
Decommissioned: August 11, 1983
Builder: Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, Mass.
Propulsion system: four-1200 lb. boilers; two steam turbines; two shafts
Propellers: two
Length: 418.3 feet (127.5 meters)
Beam: 45,3 feet (13.8 meters)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 4,000 tons full load
Speed: 32+ knots
Aircraft: none
Armament: three Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber guns, Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts)
Crew: 17 officers, 275 enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS MULLINNIX. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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About the Ship's Name:

Henry Maston Mullinnix, born 4 July 1892, in Spencer, Ind., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1916. He served in BALCH, engaged in patrol and escort duty off Ireland during World War I. Following service in GRIDLEY and BROOKS, he completed work in aeronautical engineering at Annapolis and MIT, receiving an M.S. degree in 1923. After flight training at Pensacola, Fla., he was designated naval aviator 11 January 1924. He was one of those mainly responsible for developing the air-cooled engine for naval aircraft. Besides various shore duty, he served in SARATOGA, WRIGHT, and commanded ALBEMARLE, between 1924 and 1941. Mullinnix commanded SARATOGA from April 1943, until 22 August, when he was transferred to duty with a carrier division, with the rank of rear admiral. Rear Admiral Mullinnix was on board LISCOME BAY when she was torpedoed and sunk off Makin Island, in the Gilberts, 24 November 1943. Declared dead 1 year later, he was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit in recognition of his “outstanding initiative and superior executive ability.”


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