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POD 4 September 2015: At 19, I was still a kid when I joined the Navy. The ocean and its waves raised me and I was better for it. My friends of 1973 helped shape me into who I am today. My life on Mullinnix I remember in terms of images, smells, and sounds rather than historical events - Gun mounts and the smell of spent powder, bug juice, salt air, low rumble and steady vibration of the turning screws, smell of JP5 jet fuel - that had obviously been created as a cinematic tribute to my youth.

I was nothing but a smudge of excrement on a tissue surging out to sea with a ton of sewage. We fought the bureaucracy, the lifers, the Navy constantly and with zeal. Sometimes however you’d have a passing feeling not to fight and make the intolerable tolerable…

Now however, I’ve begun the next season of my life. Love is like a good piece of wood, it just gets stronger and stronger as the years go by. Take it from someone who had it, and only lost it when the Lord decided it was time. It sounds corny, I know, but it’s really the only thing that works between two people. I wonder some times, is history like the falling tree in the forest? If nobody remembers did it still happen?

…a long time ago we knew each other for a short time…

Mux 1975

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
‘Til it's gone...
(Joni Mitchell, "Big Yellow Taxi"
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"When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red, and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times."
Jesus Christ
Matthew 16:2-3

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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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(Colonel Bogey's March)

Ship's Song from the 70's
(Riders On The Storm)

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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!
Greatest Movie Line Ever
Thanks for the memory, Bob!

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