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Displacement 4619 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 418' 6"(oa) x 44' 11" x 15' (Max)
Armament 3 x 5"/54 DP (3x1), 4 x 3"/50 (2x2), 2 Hedghog ASW Mortars,
4 x 21" tt.(4x1) 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 324.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy. April 5 1956.
Launched March 18 1957 and commissioned March 7 1958.
Decommissioned August 11 1983.
Stricken July 26 1990.
Fate Sunk as target August 22 1992.

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Mullinnix 54kRear Admiral Henry Maston Mullinnix was born on 4 July 1892 in Spencer, Ind., and graduated first in his Naval Academy Class of 1916. He served in Balch (Destroyer #50), engaged in patrol and escort duty off Ireland during World War I. Following service in Gridley (DD-92) and Brooks (DD-232), 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 on 11 January 1924. He was one of those mainly responsible for developing the air-cooled engine for naval aircraft. Between 1924 and 1941, besides various shore duties, he served in Saratoga (CV-3, as assembly & repair officer; assistant air officer; and commanding officer of her bombing squadron, VB-2B), Wright (AV-1), and was the first commanding officer of Albemarle (AV-5). Mullinnix commanded Saratoga from 7 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 ComCarDiv 24, on board Liscome Bay, when she was torpedoed and sunk off Makin Island, in the Gilberts, 24 November 1943. He was reported as "Missing In Action" and declared dead one year later. Henry M. Mullinnix was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit in recognition of his "outstanding initiative and superior executive ability."Fabio Peña
Mullinnix 52kUndated, location unknown.-
Mullinnix 121kUndated image from the NAVSEA Journal.Bob Bush
Mullinnix 41kUndated aerial view, location unknown.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 34kUndated, location unknown.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 51kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Mullinnix 96kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Mullinnix 91kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Mullinnix 88kU.S. Naval Station Trinidad T.W.I. 26 June 1958James C. Young ETR2 58-59
Mullinnix 70kUSS Mullinnix (DD-944) underway circa 1959, location unknown. Note crewmen manning the rails as she heads out of port. Photo Ted Stone. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1960-61 Edition.Robert Hurst
Mullinnix 252kIn Malta circa 1960's, Hellenic Ship RODOS (ex USS BOWMAN COUNTY) with USS Mullinnix in the background.Chris Howell
Mullinnix 201kThe whaleboat circa 1961-1962, location unknown.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 186kThe 3" gun mount circa 1961-1962, location unknown.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 126kNine views aboard the Mullinnix during June 1961 in the Mediterranean.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 127kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 200kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 117kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 126kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 159kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 156kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 156kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 198kAs above.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Mullinnix 191kFive views aboard the Mullinnix during July 1961 in the Mediterranean.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 124kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 157kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 151kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 130kAs above.William C. Beckenbach
Mullinnix 48kNew York July 1962.Marc Piché
Mullinnix 46kSan Juan during Cuba Crisis, Nov. 1962. USS Mullinnix and USS Lester (DE-1022).Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 15kRefueling from the USS Intrepid (CV-11), March 1963.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 32kAs above.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 49kRon with USS Fletcher (DD-445) in background, March 1963..Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 61kShakedown cruise, anchored in harbor at Gitmo Cuba, Aug 1963.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 21kUnderway in heavy weather south of Jamaica, October 1963.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 16kAs above.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 13kAs above.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 13kAs above.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 13kAs above.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 19kAs above.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 50kAs above.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 33kAs above.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 51kAs above.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 36kAs above.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 33kCaptain's Gig, Hamilton, Bermuda April 1964.Ron Zimmerman
Mullinnix 215kNOB Norfolk, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Mullinnix 184kPhotos taken from the deck of the USS Caliente AO-53 between '66 and '69 off the coast of Vietnam.Bill Dougherty
Mullinnix 212kAs above.Bill Dougherty
Mullinnix 182kAs above.Bill Dougherty
Mullinnix 181kAs above.Bill Dougherty
Mullinnix 203kAs above.Bill Dougherty
Mullinnix 118kLong range and rapid fire 5"/54 guns of the destroyer USS Mullinnix (DD-944) blast enemy positions in South Vietnam, 30 October 1966. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. USN 1118703.Mike Green
Mullinnix 162k1967 port bow view of the USS Mullinnix at sea. Image from 1967-1968 Jane's Fighting Ships.Mike Green/Robert Hurst
Mullinnix 145kCirca Spring 1970, location unknown.Jerry Krumwiede
Mullinnix 58kCirca Spring 1970, location unknown.Jerry Krumwiede
Mullinnix 152kA series of six images of the Mullinnix on 20 October 1975 in Kithira Strait in the Mediterranean Sea as seen from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim (Cashin class).Eugene Ivkin
Mullinnix 155kAs above.Eugene Ivkin
Mullinnix 151kAs above.Eugene Ivkin
Mullinnix 153kAs above.Eugene Ivkin
Mullinnix 244kAs above.Eugene Ivkin
Mullinnix 193kAs above.Eugene Ivkin
Mullinnix 179kThree views of the Mullinnix in Genoa, Italy on January 1 1976.Carlo Martinelli
Mullinnix 110kAs above.Carlo Martinelli
Mullinnix 106kAs above.Carlo Martinelli
Mullinnix 53kA series of 3 views of the Mullinnix in the Persian Gulf passing through the Straits of Hormuz in November.Carl Orbann
Mullinnix 52kAs above.Carl Orbann
Mullinnix 61kAs above.Carl Orbann
Mullinnix 31kThe destroyer USS Mullinnix (DD-944) closing to fuel from RFA Plumleaf, Indian Ocean, February 1983. Photo by George Mortimer.Robert Hurst
Mullinnix 27kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Mullinnix 36kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Mullinnix 31kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Mullinnix 38kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Mullinnix 43kShip's Zippo.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Mullinnix 30kShip's Zippo.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Clyde Bertram Anderson    Mar 7 1958 - Jul 1959
CDR John Clayton Hill II    Jul 1959 - Jul 3 1961
CDR William Harvey Shaw    Jul 3 1961 - 1962
CDR George Ritter Reinhart III    1962 - Aug 8 1963
CDR Robert Street Tisdale    Aug 8 1963 - Sep 1965
CDR Gordon Richard Nagler    Sep 1965 - Mar 1967 (Later VADM)
CDR Donald Emory Babcock    Mar 1967 - Sep 17 1968
CDR Donald Wayne Knutson Sr.    Sep 17 1968 - Mar 26 1970
CDR Jerold Laverne Krumwiede    Mar 26 1970 - Oct 8 1971
CDR James Rowland Cannon    Oct 8 1971 - Aug 14 1972
CDR Alex Jan Viessmann    Aug 14 1972 - Apr 1974
CDR Herman Stacy Clardy Jr.    Apr 1974 - Mar 24 1976
CDR Thomas King Anderson    Mar 24 1976 - Feb 15 1978
CDR Peter Stephen Labyak    Feb 15 1978 - Jun 25 1980
CDR Thomas William Yankura    Jun 25 1980 - Aug 10 1982
CDR Richard Harry Schmidt    Aug 10 1982 - Aug 11 1983

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Houghton
Address: 1144 Barfield Street, Charleston SC 29492
Phone: 302-650-3042
Next Reunion: Apr 22-26, 2009 at Baton Rouge, LA

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Mullinnix website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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