USS McNulty (DE-581)
|Namesake:||John Thomas McNulty|
|Laid down:||17 November 1943|
|Launched:||8 January 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Helen K. McNulty|
|Commissioned:||31 March 1944|
|Decommissioned:||2 July 1946|
|Two battle stars|
|Fate:||Sunk as target 16 November 1972|
|Class and type:||Rudderow|
|Beam:||36 feet, 10 inches|
|Draft:||9 feet 8 inches|
John Thomas McNulty was born on 23 April 1897 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Navy on 14 August 1917 for World War I service, until discharged 7 August 1919. He reenlisted 15 July 1920 for the period to 10 July 1924, and after his third enlistment, 29 July 1924, served continuously until his death. Commissioned Ensign on 3 November 1941, he was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) on 15 June 1942. He was killed in action on the USS Astoria during the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942.
McNulty was laid down 17 November 1943 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Massachusetts; launched 8 January 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Helen K. McNulty; and commissioned 31 March 1944, Lt. Comdr. William C. Jennings in command.
After shakedown off Bermuda, McNulty trained along the east coast until leaving Chesapeake Bay on escort duty with UGS‑46 to Bizerte, Tunisia. Her guns helped drive off an attacking German bomber 12 July 1944, and her convoy safely reached Bizerte 2 days later. Following another convoy mission to New York City, she made a similar crossing from Norfolk, Virginia to Tunisia to New York, then sailed with Cort Div 67 for the Pacific 3 November.
Arriving in Hollandia, New Guinea, 17 December, McNulty joined the 7th Fleet. Her first convoy escort mission was to Leyte, 19 December to 2 January 1945. In less than 24 hours she sortied with Task Group 78.9, the 2nd Lingayen Supply Group, and with it underwent a series of kamikaze attacks off Luzon 12 January 1945. Two merchantmen were damaged, and more than 100 soldiers aboard one of these were killed. McNulty safely reached Lingayen Gulf 13 January, then escorted ships back to Leyte, arriving 19 January.
McNulty patrolled off Luzon 29 January as the San Narciso Attack Force carried out the landings which spearheaded the drive to take Manila. She continued patrol and escort duty in the Philippines and to the Admiralties, New Guinea, and Okinawa under the operational control of the Philippines sea frontier until the close of the war.
She arrived San Diego 5 November, decommissioned there 2 July 1946, and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet, where she remained at least into 1969. She was finally sunk as a target on 16 November 1972 off the coast of California, using a fuel-air explosive bomb.
McNulty received two battle stars for World War II service.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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