Arthur Mulroy

USS Antietam, Arthur Mulroy (second from the left, front row)

USS Antietam, Arthur Mulroy (second from the left, front row)

Arthur Mulroy, born 12 October 1935, turns 80 today.  This US Navy veteran I am very proud to call my cousin.

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Artie well remembers enlisting in the Navy in 1952 and having received orders to board the USS Antietam (CV-36).  The Essex-class aircraft carrier, the second U.S. ship to bear the name, was recommissioned for service at the outbreak of the Korean War.  She was redesignated an attack carrier (CVA), and then as an antisubmarine warfare carrier (CVS).  In 1952, she was fitted with a port sponson to make her the world’s first true angled-deck aircraft carrier.  The Antietam earned 2 battle stars during the war.

USS Antietam, while Arthur was on board

USS Antietam, while Arthur was on board

Arthur remained in the Navy until 1956.  He re-enlisted in 1959.  He married and his first daughter was born in 1960; a son and another daughter would later follow.  In May of 1962, Artie was transferred from New York to Norfolk, Virginia and worked on ViceAdmiral O’Byrne’s staff.  It was here that history records the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Arthur was part of the team that organized and deployed the ships for blockade and possible war.

Arthur Mulroy left the Navy in 1963 and pursued a career in banking while he and his wife Patricia raised their family and a grandchild.

Arthur Mulroy at his granddaughter's wedding.

Arthur Mulroy at his granddaughter’s wedding.

It seems apropos to me that tomorrow is the 240th US Navy Birthday and Friday, 16 October, is the Anniversary date for the Cuban Missile Crisis.  I hope you enjoy the links I previously posted for those days.

Click on images to enlarge.

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Navy CPO Humor – 

"And when the Captain's around, you call me Chief - not Master,. Got it?

“And when the Captain’s around, you call me Chief – not Master,. Got it?

You...ah...been Chief for very long?

You…ah…been Chief for very long?

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Farewell Salutes – 

Martin Anderson – Brentwood, CA; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Antietam (DV-36)

Allen “Burk” Burkett – Jacksonville, FL; US Navy, Korea, Vietnam, USS Los Angeles (CA-135), Antietam & Yellowstone (AD-27), Master Chief Yeoman (Ret. 21 years)

Arthur Doyle – Boston, MA; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Antietam (DV-36), pilotBIABoNLCEAEPa7G (599x769)

Theron Fosdick – Winchester, NH; US Navy, Korea, Cmdr. (Ret. 25 years), USS Antietam (CV-36), pilot

Morris Gill – Waco, TX; US Navy, Korea, USS Antietam (CV-36)

Albert Grad – Milwaukee, WI; US Navy, Korea, USS Antietam (CV-36)

Thomas Long – St.Paul, MN; US Navy, Korea, USS Antietam (CV-36)

Walter Sayre – Paramus, NJ; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Antietam (DV-36)

August Stornelli – Oakfield, NY; US Navy, PTO, WWII, USS Card (CVE-11) & Antietam (DV-36)

Gardner Wales – Rochester, NY; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Antietam (DV-36)

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on October 12, 2015, in Current News, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 62 Comments.

  1. Great piece of family history there gp, good to know that the family is being recorded for future generations to look back on, thanks to your efforts.
    Arthur played major roles in his time both on the Antietam and on the Cuban scene.
    Cheers.
    Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian
    http://aussieian2010.wordpress.com/
    http://aussieemu.wordpress.com/

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  2. You must be so proud, gpcox, so immensely proud of your family. Patriots galore.

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    • Yes, I just wish I still had them with me! Artie is the very last and I only re-located him thanks to the internet. He kept saying he was going to send some log pages, but that hasn’t happened and I think I’ve hounded him enough. Thanks for all this reading you’ve done today (last night?)!

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  3. The Cuban missile crisis had to be one of the scariest times of our generation. I sat in our college cafeteria and listened to the breaking news for hours on the radio. –Curt

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  4. I’m a day late and a dollar short but still sending along birthday wishes! 🙂

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  5. The Twentysomething Social Recluse

    This is a wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

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  6. And a Happy Birthday to your cousin, GP, and the US Navy!

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  7. Great tribute to another hero. I like the tributes to individuals also.

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  8. I noticed there are 9 of your cousins ex shipmates amongst the “Farewell Salutes” today gp, Is that a strange coincidence? Let’s hope it’s not an ill omen for your cousin

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  9. What a wonderful tribute to an amazing American! Thank you so much for sharing his story. Today would have been my Grandfather’s birthday (WWII Army Air Corp). It is so meaningful to take a moment to acknowledge the days that brave and honorable men/women were born and to remember what they have contributed to our country. Thank you so much for your post!

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  10. Great post and tribute to your cousin!
    Happy Birthday to Arthur! I hope he has a wonderful day of celebration!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  11. What a wonderful and interesting story. Happy Birthday to him. Loved the bio, Everett!

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  12. Your cousin has, indeed, had a distinguished career afloat and ashore.

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  13. I remember visiting the Antietam in Alameda when I was a kid. I also toured the Boxer a couple of years later in San Francisco. Both ships looked exactly alike. My cousins dated several naval officers during those years and they often took my sister and I along on some of their dates. Years later I realized we were acting like chaperones! Thanks for the memories.

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  14. What an interesting article thank you. It’s nice that he talks to you about his time. It was certainly a period of great uncertainty. Do the designations CVA / CVS etc actually mean anything?

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  15. It’s amazing how much those young kids learned in the wartime Navy. Peacetime–a whole different animal. Thanks for sharing this.

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  16. The painting in “Farewell Salutes” is so emotional.

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  17. Great post! and Happy Birthday to your cousin!

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  18. I hope your cousin has a truly Happy Birthhday!

    Marcey

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  19. Let’s hope there are no more such missile crises.

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  20. Happy Birthday greetings to Arthur from over here in England.
    He joined up the year that I was born, and it looks as if he has enjoyed a successful and happy life. Congratulations to a great character!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  21. Wow, I was just getting started in life when Arthur had a lifetime of adventure and a war. Wonderful post.

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  22. It’s hard to imagine planning and proceeding with that blockade. Knowing the possible outcomes must have been maddening for the personnel on-board those ships.

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    • Artie keeps telling me that he was only one on the staff and leaves it at that. He doesn’t open up much except about the ship Antietam. I think he wishes he was assigned more ship duty. I appreciate you reading this post, Dan.

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  23. Awesome Post GP..Please do more “Bio’s” like this in the future…it is important we remember the individuals and keep their achievements alive for history’s sake.

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  24. Wieder sehr schön wünsche dir eine gute neue Woche lieber Gruß Gislinde

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  25. Buna dimineata, prieteni! O zi frumoasa si usoara si buna si cum o vreti voi, numai sufletul sa nu vi-l atinga in mod neplacut! ❤
    Good morning friends! A beautiful and gentle and good day and how you want it, not only soul you touch him unpleasantly! ❤



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