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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

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.
  • 08 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Helen K. McNulty
  • 31 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. William C. Jennings in command
  • 02 July 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 3 months of service having steamed 99,033 miles
  • 24 December 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 March 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 16 November 1972: Sunk as a target off the California coast
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    5k John Thomas McNulty was born 23 April 1897 at Philadelphia, Pa. He enlisted in the Navy on 14 August 1917 for World War I service, until discharged on 07 August 1919. He reenlisted on 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 09 August 1942. Commissioned ensign on 03 November 1941, he was promoted to lieutenant (jg.) on 15 June 1942.

    USS McNulty (DE 581) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Gene M. Maresca
    526k 05 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
    Narvon, Pa.
    71k 04 November 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - USS McNulty (DE 581) on the far side of a pier at New York, with USS George A. Johnson (DE 583) on the near side. Both are wearing Measure 33a/26d camouflage scheme.. Two other unidentified DEs are tied to this pier. Both Johnson and McNulty were assigned to Escort Division 67, which left for the Pacific the same day these photos were taken.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-287712 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md., courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    60k undated wartime image -
    114k 16 November 1972: being used as target

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

    McNulty's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 31 Mar. 1944 - 19 Aug. 1944Lcdr. William Croft Jennings, USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA '27) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.) 19 Aug. 1944 – 09 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Donald Albert Crafts, USNR
    3.) 09 Nov. 1945 - 25. Apr. 1946Lt. Elton Morse Sandberg, USN
    4.) 25 Apr. 1946 – 02 Jul. 1946Lt.(jg) Calvin Johnson, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Robert W.Bunner
    Address: 3405 DC Palladian Circle
    City/State: Deerfield Beach FL 33442
    Phone: (954) 360-0676

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