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POD 21 May 2015: I learned a long time ago you can have all the friends you want when you’re in tall cotton. But your real friends, those that don’t want anything in return for their friendship, are the ones you meet during hard times, when you’ve blown out your doors and every sunrise comes to you like a testimony to personal failure. I wonder what my life would have been if I hadn’t lived on Mullinnix from boot camp and A-school short of four years? I left a part of me wherever I have lain my head, including a significant part of my youth on a canvas middle rack, port side, below MT52’s carrier-room, where I made the best friends of my life. What has remained has been magical – a loving wife of 39 years, three sons, two daughters, a duffle bag full of grandkids / great-grandkids, and a (almost) yearly trek to the Mullinnix Association Reunion. Regrets? You bet. So many wasted years, decades really. And not just the stupid stuff, but the lack of contributing in a positive sense. At my age that can become debilitating to a degree. How do I survive? I view it as my personal sanctification – training for work yet to be accomplished. Isaiah 41:10. I love you…

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When's the last time you saw one of these?    

          Last All-Gun Destroyer In US History     
he belonged to the Forrest Sherman Class - the last Destroyer Class in US Naval History to sport 100% gun armament. The USS Hull was the last 'all-gun' destroyer in the Pacific to be decommissioned, earlier in 1982.

month later, the Mullinnix was the last 'all-gun' Destroyer anywhere to be decommissioned. The end of an era was complete with that decommissioning. The United States Navy will never again see a fighting ship with ALL guns.


There's Two Types of Ships:
Destroyers and the Destroyed

Back Cover - Mullinnix Commissioning Brochure

estroyer: A high-speed warship designed to operate offensively with strike forces, with hunter-killer groups, and in support of amphibious assault operations. Destroyers also operate defensively to screen support forces and convoys against submarine, air, and surface threats. Normal armament consists of 3-inch and 5-inch dual-purpose guns and various antisubmarine warfare weapons. Designated as DD.

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"Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: I served in the United States Navy."

John F. Kennedy
Remarks at the United States Naval Academy
1 August, 1963

All veterans deserve a parade - a chance for the nation to say thank you.
We didn't do that for Vietnam Veterans.

"Remember, it takes a MAN to ride a TIN CAN!"
Quote 'borrowed' from BT3 Joe Stanford, in the 'hole' on the USS Edson DD-946, somewhere on the 7 seas...

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Don't you ever forget!
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Thanks for the memory, Bob!

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