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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid April 5 1956 - Launched March 18 1957

  2. Commissioned March 7 1958 - Decommissioned August 11 1983

    Struck from Naval Register July 26 1990
    Sunk as target August 22 1992

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1958-70)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established March 7 1958 - Disestablished 1983


Locy Type
FDC 2t(n+u) Mar 7, 1958


First Day in Commission


Locy Type
FDC 9fu


First Day in Commission


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type




Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS,NY)




Other Information

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Henry Maston Mullinnix, USN (July 4 1892 - November 24 1943)
Mullinnix graduated first in his Naval Academy Class of 1916. He served in USS Balch (Destroyer #50), engaged in patrol and escort duty off Ireland during World War I. Following service in USS 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 Pensacola, Fla., he was designated naval aviator on 11 January 1924. He was one of those mainly responsible for developing the air-cooled engine for naval aircraft. Between 1924 and 1941, besides various shore duties, he served in Saratoga (CV-3), as assembly & repair officer; assistant air officer; and commanding officer of her bombing squadron (VB-2B), USS Wright (AV-1), and was the first commanding officer of USS Albemarle (AV-5). Mullinnix commanded Saratoga (CV-3), from 7 April 1943, until 22 August, when he was transferred to duty with a carrier division, with the rank of rear admiral. Rear Admiral Mullinnix was ComCarDiv 24, on board USS Liscombe Bay CVE-56, when she was torpedoed and sunk off Makin Island, in the Gilberts, 24 November 1943. He was reported as "Missing In Action" and declared dead one year later. Henry M. Mullinnix was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit in recognition of his "outstanding initiative and superior executive ability." {DANFS}



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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