ROGER H. MULLINS, LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 24, 1920
Date of death: February 17, 1960
Age: 39

Lucky Bag

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From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Roger Hugh Mullins

Decatur, Illinois

"Moon," one of the few shellbacks, came in as a fire controlman and spent most of his sea duty on the West Coast and in Honolulu. His favorite pastimes were reviewing Bull and taking a ketch to Cambridge. "Rog" doesn't say much, but those who broke under his cover of dignity found a big heart and a real pal. It was on a cross-country date that Rog met the girl he had been looking for ever since he realized that half the world is feminine. Those who met Dottie can see why "Rog" canceled his reservations for bachelor's quarters.

Boat Club 4, 3, 1; Foreign Language Club 4, 3

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

From Wall of Faces:

On Wednesday, February 17, 1960, a Douglas R4D-5 (DC-3) from Naval Advisory Group, Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) was on a flight from Saigon to Hue when it crashed into Hon Chay Mountain, a 2,752 foot (839m) mountain peak near Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. All three crew members were killed. They included LCDR George W. Alexander, LCDR Roger H. Mullins, and ATC William M. Newton. [Taken from aviation-safety.net and other web sources]

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery and is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Other

Roger was appointed a professor of naval science at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute in August 1956. He previously served with a NATO logistics unit.

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Eugene Captain '45, Foster Simonsen '45, and Milton Turner '45 were also in 9th Company.


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