From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Francis Mulvanity '43

Date of birth: November 18, 1921

Date of death: November 15, 1942

Age: 20

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Nephew of Miss. K. J. Mulvanity.

Francis served as a Ensign, U.S.S. Walke (DD-416), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

The Walke was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal when a "Long Lance" torpedo slammed into her starboard side at a point almost directly below mount 52. Almost simultaneously, a salvo of shells from the Japanese ships Nagara, Ayanami, and Uranami hurtled down upon the hapless destroyer. Soon the order was given to abandon ship and the Walke sank rapidly.

Walke lost 82 of her crew and six officers, including the ship's Commander Thomas E. Fraser.

Francis was declared "Missing In Action" in the sinking of the Walke.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

From the Class of 1943 anniversary book "25 years later…":

Silky was born on 18 November, 1921 in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was appointed from New Hampshire and entered the Academy on 13 July, 1939. After graduation he was assigned to the destroyer USS WALKE which was engaged in combat in the South Pacific. On the night of 14 November, 1945, the WALKE spearheaded the American attack at the Fourth Battle of Savo Island. After ten minutes of heavy fire, the enemy cruiser NAGARA found its mark on the WALKE which was followed by a devastating torpedo hit that threw her number two fire inch mount a hundred feet in the air. The ship soon sank among exploding depth charges. Silky was missing after this action He wore the Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal. Silky was survived by his aunt Miss K. J. Mulvanity who at Silky’s death lived at 15 New Street, Nashua, New Hampshire.

USS Walke (DD 416) was sunk on November 15, 1942 at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

Class of 1943

Francis is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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