J. Robert Madison Mullany, born in New York City on 26 October 1818, was appointed midshipman on 7 January 1832 and took part in the capture of Tobasco during the Mexican War. He served with the North Atlantic and West Gulf Blockading Squadrons during the Civil War, and received the thanks of Congress for gallantry in the Battle of Mobile Bay, where he lost an arm.
As rear admiral he commanded the North Atlantic Station (1874‑1875), protecting U.S. interests on the Isthmus of Panama. He died at Bryn Mawr, Pa., on 17 September 1887.
(DD‑325: displacement 1,215; length 314'5"; beam 31'8"; draft 9'4"; speed 35 knots.; cpl. 95; armament 4 4-inch, 1 3-inch, 12 21-inch torpedo tubes; class Clemson)
The first Mullany (Destroyer No. 325) was laid down on 3 June 1919 at San Francisco, Calif., by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 9 July 1920; sponsored by Miss Alice Lee Hall; reclassified as DD-325 on 17 July 1920; and commissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Calif., on 29 March 1921, Lt. Edward Breed in command.
Based at San Diego, Calif., Mullany operated along the west coast through most of her career, sailing annually to the Canal Zone and the Caribbean for combined fleet maneuvers. She left San Francisco on 15 April 1925 for fleet tactics in Hawaiian waters, from which she sailed 1 July with the Battle Fleet on a good will cruise via Samoa to Australia and New Zealand. Mullany returned to San Diego on 27 September.
In 1928, she twice cruised to Hawaii, first for fleet maneuvers, and later training naval reservists. She was decommissioned on 1 May 1930 at San Diego.
Stricken from the Navy List on 18 November 1930, ex-Mullany was sold for scrapping 19 March 1931.
Interim Update, Robert J. Cressman
4 May 2022