William Edward Mullane, Sr.


William Edward Mullane, Sr.


Intake photograph of William.

Photograph of William.

Dinner at a LaSalle Hotel, Chicago, October 9, 1943.

Cover of ship newsletter.

Royal Domain of Neptune certificate.

William Edward Mullane, Sr. was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 17, 1925, where he later attended Erasmus Hall High School. Following World War II he married Adelaide Theresa Petrik on June 14, 1952 and fathered three sons, William Edward, Jr. (1956), James Joseph (1960) and Daniel Thomas (1964). William worked for Induction Heating Corporation until it was purchased by Taylor Winfield Electric, and the family made the move to Warren in 1964. At the time of this interview (November 21, 2015) William resides in Warren.

William served from April 6, 1943 to April 6, 1946 as Electrician’s Mate Third Class on the USS California (BB-44). The USS California has begun its history in 1921, but was sunk during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. She was raised, salvaged and reconstructed, and served again for the remainder of World War II before being decommissioned in 1947. William was the invasion of the Marianas on May 5, 1944, conducted shore bombardment of Saipan in June, 1944 and acted as part of the attack during the Guam and Tinian operations in July and August. In August the California was struck by her sister ship the USS Tennessee when she lost power and steering and struck the California in the front bow just before the first turret. In September of 1944 the California prepared for the invasion of the Philippines, and in October and November she played a key role in the Leyte operation, including the destruction of the Japanese fleet in the Battle of Surigao Strait. She was struck by a kamikaze while providing shore bombardment at Lingayen Gulf in January, 1945, and lost 44 of her crew. The California returned to action at Okinawa in June and July. William received the Good Conduct medal, and was eligible for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4 stars), the Philippine Liberation Medal (2 stars) and the medal for the Occupation of Japan. He also partook of the traditional equatorial-crossing ceremony on November 4, 1945.







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William Edward Mullane, Sr.


Scans of original photographs and documents.

Gift of William Edward Mullane, Sr.


William Edward Mullane, Sr.

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