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USS McNulty (DE 581)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon


Specifications:
Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
McNulty (DE 581) Building and Operational Data:
  • 17 November 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Mass.
  • 8 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Helen K. McNulty
  • 31 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr William C. Jennings in command
  • 2 July 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 1 March 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 16 November 1972: Sunk as a target off the California coast
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    McNulty 127k Artist's conception of McNulty by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the destroyer escorts ARE available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    McNulty 5k John Thomas McNulty was born 23 April 1897 at Philadelphia, Pa. He enlisted in the Navy 14 August 1917 for World War I service, until discharged 7 August 1919. He reenlisted 15 July 1920 for the period to 10 July 1924, and after his third enlistment, 29 July 1924, served continuously until his death while serving in USS Astoria during the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Commissioned ensign 3 November 1941, he was promoted to lieutenant (jg.) 15 June 1942.

    USS McNulty (DE 581) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Gene M. Maresca
    McNulty 526k 5 April 1944: off Boston, Mass. - Two completion views of McNulty taken in waters near the Boston Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photos #CP-DE-581 19-N-68391 and CP-DE-581 19-N-68392 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski
    McNulty 435k
    McNulty 60k undated wartime image -
    McNulty 114k 16 November 1972: being used as target

    View the USS McNulty (DE 581) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Robert W.Bunner
    Address: 3405 DC Palladian Circle / Deerfield Beach FL 33442
    Phone: (954) 360-0676
    E-mail: hkbp97a@aol.com

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