FRANCIS C. MULVANITY, ENS, USN

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:

Loss

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.

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


Class of 1943

Francis is one of 79 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.