Henry M. Mullinnix

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Henry Maston Mullinnix
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Born (1892-07-04)July 4, 1892
Spencer, Indiana
Died November 24, 1943(1943-11-24) (aged 51)
off Makin Island
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1916–1943
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Albemarle
USS Saratoga
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Legion of Merit

Henry Maston Mullinnix (July 4, 1892 – November 24, 1943) was an aviator and Admiral of the United States Navy during World War II.

Biography[edit]

Mullinnix, born in Spencer, Indiana, graduated from Attica High School, class of 1909. He was president of his senior class. He later graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1916. He served in the destroyer Balch (DD-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 Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, he was designated a naval aviator on January 11, 1924. He was one of those mainly responsible for developing the air-cooled engine for naval aircraft. Besides various shore duty, he served in Saratoga (CV-3), Wright (AV-1), and commanded Albemarle (AV-5), between 1924 and 1941.

Mullinnix commanded Saratoga from April 1943, until August 22, when he was transferred to duty with a carrier division, with the rank of rear admiral. Rear Admiral Mullinnix was on board Liscome Bay (CVE-56) when she was torpedoed and sunk off Makin Island, in the Gilberts, November 24, 1943. Declared dead a year later, he was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit in recognition of his "outstanding initiative and superior executive ability."

Namesake[edit]

In 1957, the destroyer USS Mullinnix (DD-944) was named in his honor.

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