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- inAp1'il 1956 when the men of the Bethlehem Steel Company H1 Quincy, Massachusetts brought
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mmi1Eull:,ns'Ztp tozlhe Forrest Sherman Class of Destroyers, MULLINNIX was one of the first United States Warships to
g g thanforward She was built with the latest in improved habitability features in berthing and air
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? nllorifrjljlcllqdjut the Ship When the men of Quincy had finished their work, M ULLINNIX had a dispwcement of 3, 850
t zwwdzszlguipped to provide anti-aircraft and anti-submarine protection to larger ships, was 1118 feet long, and had a beam of
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This beautifully proportioned vessel is meant to be lasting tribute to the memory of the man, Henry Matson MULLINNIX.
MULLINNIX was the first naval vessel to bear the name of one of America's most gifted "Air Admirals". Rear Admiral
MULLINNIX died in action while serving aboard his flagship, the escort carrier, LISCOMBE BA Y. LISCOMBE BAY was
torpedoed and sunk by an enemy submarine off Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands area, on November 24, 1943. Rear Admiral
MULLINNIX was reported missing in action following that catastrophe and was officzally declared dead a year later. For his
services he was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Purple Heart Medal posthumously.
On March 7, 1958, MULLINNIX was commissioned a part of the United States Navy. Mrs. Kathryn M ULLINNIX, the
widow of Admiral MULLINNIX, presented the officers and crew with Admiral M ULLINNIX 's personal flag and sword as a
symbol of Naval Tradition and as a symbol of high standards for M ULLINNIX to achieve and maintain. The standards of one
man, the lives of many, and the cold new steel were now linked together by a ship called M ULLINNIX.
MULLINNIX spent her first couple of years spreading good will and making friends in Central and South America. She
escorted the USS RANGER "around the Horn" and later was the flagship for COMMANDER SOUTH ATZANTIC FORCE.
The MUX'sfirst visit to a foreign port was Port of Spain, Trinidad. After Trinidad, M ULLINNIX continued to spread good will
in the ports of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: Racife, Brazilg Tampico, Mexico, Montevideo, Uraguayg and Mardel Plate, Argentina.
In the fall of 1959, the men of the MUX were called upon to take the HMULLINNIX MANNERU to the Mediterranean.
Upon arriving in the Mediterranean,MULLINNIX wasxthe newest United States Destroyer in the Mediterranean in addition to
being the Flagship for DESTROYER SQUADRON 82. As such, she was visited by many dignitaries including
West German Minister STRAUSS.:Also, while' in the Mediterranean, MULLINNIX was honored to have been selected to act a
primary escort ship for .President EISENHOWER when he travelled from Athens to Tunis to Toulon aboard the USS DES
MOINES. In Toulon, the President spoke directly to the crew by radio and congratulated them on doing a magnificent job.
Between 1959 and 1961, MULLINNIX had visited many European cities countries including Naples, Barcelona, Cannes,
Athens, La Spezut, Istanbul, Malta, Taormina, Palermo, Gaeta, St. Jean, Sam un, and Bregli in the Black Sa.
' tIn1962, MULLINNIX participated in the UNITAS III cruise of South wx re she revisited many of the ports she
made im heffifst 6199509109765-. Ifljlllsf Gfew SllO17t,yearsMULLINNIX hadleahied herselfaze reputation as a "steaming can" by
l operating over half the world. From October 962 tgsNov5inbe4,P-19,t'f962, 'y inthe now famous Cuban
Quafantine as Flagshipvf Task Force 137. 1 A , , ,I 'fi ' if .. ss.
y Unsaiiefied with the land and water, me MULL1NN1 ry
'Tef0'Q9"'Zl Wea dating a two Wm Gemini Space shot in March of 1965. Later that year, more earthly problems led the
VlHUhUTlLl YVTVJIZ to assist in the Dominican Republic crisis and to remain in the vicinity of Guantanamo Bay ready to render aid
to ere nee e . .
' In'J1lne..,0f1'965. MULLINNIX and other units of Task Group Alpha departed for a. three month tour of duty with the US.
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gg Fig: lgleet K After much needed rest and extensive repairs to her boilers, M ULLINNIX departed for duty with the Seventh
I V 5 A fter stops in Guantanamo Bay, Balboa, Manzanillo, Pearl Harbor, Midway Island, Guam, and Subic Bay. She f11"'iUf?d Off
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' e vofvwmam' her tour with the Seventh Fleet. MCILLINNIX was assigned exclusively to Naval Shore
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,ar men fmng 13'702f0u'1dS ofammunmon m Support of the First Marine Division, the US Army. and Ulf' Arm!! flf the
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. f 'Z T' ' A ze She depwted the Seventh Fleet on 17November and continued 'westward around the world. Affef
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A h-e, high. ' ,a wwf Cochin, India, and Athens, GTGGCG. MULLINNIX proudly rcturmwol home.
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In late 1968, while undergoing training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, MULLINNIX received a message to cease all drills and
proceed at best possible on a search and rescue mission about 150 miles from GITMO to take under tow the USS TULLULAH
adrift in the seas. MULLINNIX ydned up with the TULLULAH just before dark and towed her back to GI TMO. This
foreshadowed a similar event in GITMO in 1973, when MULLINNIX was again asked to help a vessel in distress, this time the
tug 'MISS Y". MISSYwas towing a dredge and a barge. The barge broke loose in heavy seas and without any radar the MISS Y
On 20 February 1969, MUX was off the coast of Vietnam providing naval gunfire support to U. S. ground troops in the
Republic of South Vietnam. During the first gunline patrol, she fired numerous harrassment and call fire missions, primarily in
support of the First Marine defending the Da Nang harbor complex, and for the Third Marine Division along the DMZ.
MULLINNUI then steamed south toward the Island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Spending most of her time on station just south of
the DMZ Q THE 'MIGHTYMUX "fired in support of the Third Marine Division. The M UX completed her third and final gunline
patrol during this West PAC cruise on 15 July 1969. During the 83 days on three gunline patrols in the I and II Corps areas,
MULLINNIX provided naval gunfire support to Allied Forces south of the DMZ, Danang, and in the vicinities of Cam Rahn
Bay, Nha Trang and Qui Nhen. During those three patrols, ammunition was fired in response to call.s for fire at 1,627 targets at
an average range of nearly 17, 000 yards. For her naval gunfire support performance for Fiscal Year 1969, MULLINNIX was
named "TOP GUN "among the gunline destroyers. A proud crew returned after having visited Kobe, Yokosuka, Pearl Harbor,
San Francisco, San Diego, and Acapulco enroute home.
In the beginning of 1970, MULLINNIX went south to the warm waters of the caribbean to conduct six weeks of training.
'After this training she deployed to the Mediterranean for operations with the Sixth Fleet. During the cruise MULLINNIX also
visited Tunisia, Crete, Greece, Malta and France, just to name a few.
In February 1972, MULLINNIX departed for a good will cruise to Central America and visited such ports as Vera Cruz,
Limen, Curacao, Panama and Costa, returning home in March. In early April, MULLINNIX was required to get underway
within 48 hours to return to Vietnam. '1MUX" arrived off the coast in May and fired over 500 projectiles in the first few hours.
MULLINNIX was recognized in a formal presentation of the Gunnery "E " for excellence. Once again a proud crew returned to
Norfolk in October 1972.
A much needed shipyard period began in January 1973. After such a long period in the shipyard and the addition of many
crew members MULLINNIX headed south for training in GI TMO. Arriving home in December M ULLINNIX 's crewmembers
celebrated the holiday season.
On 27 February 1974, MULLINNLX' departed Norfolk on a six month deployment to the Indian Ocean Middle East. During
the dephryment MULLINNIX visited Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, French
Territory of the Ifars and Isas, Pakistan, Oman, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain and Mauritius. MULLINNIX gave much assistance to
two ships during the deployment in the Indian Ocean. MULLINNIX towed the French Frigate BALNY for two days in the Gulf
of Aden. Later, MULLINNIX gave assistance to the Merchant Ship ANNA MARIA following a casualty whwh left her with no
1975 was full of fleet exercises. MULLINNIX increased her readiness by participating in COMPTUEX If-75, AGATE'
PUNCH COMPTUEX 1-76 and in CARIBEX.
Druing CARIBEX, MULLINNIX received word that she would deploy to the Mediterranean in October, three months
ahead of schedule. Upon arrival in Norfolk, on 26 August, the crew prepared her, and with much perserverance and dedication,
the MULLINNIX was "ready".
On 3 October 1975, MULLINNIX steamed to the Mediterranean. While in the Mediterranean, MULLINNIX operated with
NATO Units in the Naval On Call Forces, Mediterranean. The other participants included Turkey, British and Italian naval
vessels. Ports visited during this deployment included Izmir and Antalya, Turkeyg Sardinia, Italy, France and Spain, not to
mention Gibraltar and Tangier, Morroco.
MULLINNIX brought her crew home to their families, frlkands and loved ones on 5 May 1976 for another well deserved and
enjoyable leave and upkeep period.
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