|Death: ||Jul. 16, 1944, At Sea|
***Borrowed from Black Sheep Aces
Aces of Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 214***
Paul 'Moon' Mullen flew with Greg Boyington in VMF-122 in early 1943, and had one-and-a-half aerial victories to his credit before joining VMF-214. Mullen was one of the Black Sheep's singers and a poet, author of In a Rowboat at Rabaul. As John Bolt recalled, it was Mullen who came up with the "Black Sheep" squadron name and the insignia.
He was leading a division on Sept. 26, escorting dive bombers over Kahili, when he scored his first kill as a Black Sheep, flaming a Zero that had gotten onto Bob Bragdon's tail. He also helped to save Rollie Rinabarger's life that day, scattering the Zeros away from Rollie's shot-up Corsair. (Badly injured that day, Rinabarger's Corsair was scrapped. He was hospitalized, and never flew combat again.)
Mullen scored another on Oct. 18.
Dec. 27 - He shot down his fourth Zero as a Black Sheep, and became an ace.
The day after Boyington went down, on 1/4/44, Mullen shot down his last plane.
Note: Entered the service from Minnesota.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Created by: Michael Harrington
Record added: Aug 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40782740
You served our country faithfully. May we always cherish our freedom by honoring your memory. God bless you!|
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Day is done....gone the sun...from the hills....from the lake...from the sky....All is well...safely rest....God is nigh...~~~~Go to sleep....peaceful sleep...may the soldier or sailor God keep....on the land or the deep...safe in sleep...~~~~Love, good n...(Read more)|
Thank You Lieut Paul Mullen Sir!
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