Mullinnix (DD 944) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1976

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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 was lost. 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 propulsion. 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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- inAp1'il 1956 when the men of the Bethlehem Steel Company H1 Quincy, Massachusetts brought ' 'Un 1 ' , It was a chilly mom g h t as to become the keel of the USS MULLINNIX. She was designed to maintain speeds well - - t lt a w - , h I their skill to bearoiithgscjjased frecboard and characteristic "HIGH BOW" allowed for agility in rough weather operations, over30knotsand erin I l ,I H, ,. ,t bl. . , ,, , . , he main deck was built with aluminum to in fain maximum s a iity while maintaining The entire ships structure above 5 h' dis lacement mmi1Eull:,ns'Ztp tozlhe Forrest Sherman Class of Destroyers, MULLINNIX was one of the first United States Warships to e i g g thanforward She was built with the latest in improved habitability features in berthing and air ' ' er aft - ? nllorifrjljlcllqdjut the Ship When the men of Quincy had finished their work, M ULLINNIX had a dispwcement of 3, 850 c t zwwdzszlguipped to provide anti-aircraft and anti-submarine protection to larger ships, was 1118 feet long, and had a beam of ons, 45 feet. l 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. ,Sui , . .. , I D I 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 . th ' " ' A - ' e vofvwmam' her tour with the Seventh Fleet. MCILLINNIX was assigned exclusively to Naval Shore bomb dt t, " a .. . ' ,ar men fmng 13'702f0u'1dS ofammunmon m Support of the First Marine Division, the US Army. and Ulf' Arm!! flf the ' R9P14b.liQofS th. V' t I ' . f 'Z T' ' A ze She depwted the Seventh Fleet on 17November and continued 'westward around the world. Affef stopsmPmn ,Mla" ' - A h-e, high. ' ,a wwf Cochin, India, and Athens, GTGGCG. MULLINNIX proudly rcturmwol home.

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5 4 . 1 1 i 5 Q . ii M 11 fr ii I I 1 COMMANDI commission as an Ensign from OCS in November of 1959. while teaching NROTC at the university. His assignments since commissioning include: Congressional Liaison Officer, Office of 1964, and Jonathan, born 1966. Commander Thomas K. Anderson was born in Petersburg, Virginia on 27 January 19.98. He attended Petersburg High School and was graduated in 1955. Commander Anderson attended Davidson College, where he was awarded a B. S. Degree in Physics in 1959. He earned his His educational background also includes a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho which he earned in 1968 Deck Officer, USS SPRINGFIELD ICLG-71 ........ 1959-1962 Asst. CIC Officer, USS GAL VESTON ICLG-31 ...... 1962-1963 Ass 't. Weps!AS W Officer, USS KING IDLG-10 ..... 1964-1965 Instructor NA VXOPS, Univ. of Idaho .............. 1965-1968 Commander, PBR River Div. 531, Vietnam ......... 1968-1969 Ops. Officer, USS WAINWRIGH I1 IDLG-281 ....... 1969-1971 Executive Officen USS JONAS INGRAM IDD-9381. . 1971-1972 Legislative Affairs, Washington, D. C. .......... 1972-1975 Commander Anderson is married to the former Claire Fothering- Mm Daggetf Of Eugemff ofeyon. They have two sons, Kendrick, born I Commander Herman Stacy Clardy, Jr., was born 17 February 1936 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was graduated from the University of South Carolina in May 1958, receiving his commission through the NROTC Program. In August 1958, he reported for active duty aboard USS RHODES IDER-3841. After two years serving as Communications Officer and CIC Officer, he was transferred to the Commandant SIXTH Naval Distrwt for duty in the District Intelligence Office. Following this tour of duty he was ordered to USS ROAN IDD-8531 as Operations Ojficer in August 1962. In November 1963, he was detached to duty as Executive Officer in USS HISSEM IDER-4001. After this tour, which included deployment to Operations DEEP FREEZE and a World Cruise, he was transferred to Canada in May 1965, as Liaison Offwer to the Royal Canadian Navy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon completion ofa two year tour he attended the United States Naval War College, graduating from the School of Naval Command and Staff in June 1968. He then served two years, July 1968-1970, as Executive Officer, USS VESOLE IDD-8781, followed by a one year tour as Chief Staff Offwer Destroyer Squadron TWENTY-FOUR. From July 1971 - April 1974, Commander Clardy served on the Staffs of the Chief ofNavy Maternal, Washington, D.C., and the Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Atlantis Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia. Commander Clardy served as Commanding Officer, USS MULLINNIX IDD-9441, from April 1974-April1976. After this tour which included a deployment to the Indian Ocean and Middle East, and a deployment to the Mediterranean, Commander Clardy received orders as Commanding Officer, Navy Recruiting District, San Antonio, Texas. Commander Clardy 's service medals include the Navy Expedition- ary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Antarctic Expeditionary Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Commander Clardy is married to the former Margaret Pierce Boyle of Georgetown, South Carolina. The Clardy 's have two sons, Stacy, III and Chris. G OFFICER

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