FRANCIS C. MULVANITY, ENS, USN
Francis Mulvanity '43
Date of birth: November 18, 1921
Date of death: November 15, 1942
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.