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U.S. Navy. From Morison (1951).
Henry Mullinnix was a brilliant U.S. Navy
engineer and aviator who
played a role in developing air-cooled engines for naval aircraft.
He was a rear admiral
when he was lost with the
Bay off Makin
in the Gilbert
Islands. The escort carrier
was hit by a single torpedo just
before dawn on 24 November 1943. The aircraft bomb magazine exploded seconds later,
destroying the rear third of the ship and scattering debris over a 1500
yard radius. The ship sank in 23 minutes along with most of her crew,
including her admiral and captain.
Mullinnix was a popular young admiral and his loss
led to considerable recriminations between the Army and the Navy over
the Army's alleged sluggish tactics, which kept Navy forces in the area
for prolonged periods of time.
||Born at Spencer, Indiana
||Graduates first in his class
from Naval Academy
||Completes M.S. degree in
||Completes flight training at
||Commander, AV Albemarle|
||Commander, Patrol Wing 7,
||Commander, CV Saratoga
||Commander, Carrier Division 24
||Killed in action at Makin
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