Mullis, Rhettman, AD1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
AD-6403-Oil Analysis Operator/Evaluator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1978-1979, AD-9585, VW-15
Service Years
1959 - 1979
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Rock
Order of the Spanish Main
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate
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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Date of Passing
Sep 14, 2008
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 Official Badges 

Career Counselor US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

Order of the Golden Dragon Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary Maritime Warfare Excellence Award

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  1966-1968, AD-8326, VA-46 Clansman

AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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VA-46 Clansman Unit Page

Petty Officer Second Class

AD-8326-A-7A/B Organizational Maintenance, Powerplant and Related Systems


 VA-46 Clansman Details

VA-46 Clansman
Attack Squadron 46 (VA-46 or ATKRON 46) was an attack squadron of the United States Navy that was active during the Cold War. VA-46 was deactivated as part of the post-Cold War drawdown of forces on 30 June 1991.
VA-46 was nicknamed the "Clansmen" and they were based out of Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida. The squadron’s Scottish identity was chosen by its first commander, Clifford A. McDougal and incorproated the McDougal clan tartan in its insignia. The squadron flew during the Vietnam War and was on board the USS Forrestal in 1967 when a fatal fire broke out on the flight deck killing 134 sailors. In 1986 they took part in strikes against Libya known as Operation El Dorado Canyon, and their last combat action was seen during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Attack Squadron 46 was formed at Naval Air Station Cecil Field on 24 May 1955 flying F9F-5 Grumman Panther. They departed the United States for their first deployment to the Mediterranean Sea on July 14, 1956 aboard the USS Randolph with F9F-8 Grumman Cougar This was the first overseas deployment of the AIM-9 Sidewinder. In October and November 1956 the squadron, along with other units of ATG-202, provided air support for the evacuation of foreign nationals from Alexandria, Egypt during the Suez Crisis. VA-46 received A4D-2 Douglas Skyhawk in March 1958. In August 1965, VA-46 was on board the USS Shangri-La and operated off the coast of Cyprus in response to a crisis in that country between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

On 25 July 1967 the Clansmen took part in their first combat operations during the Vietnam War flying from the USS Forrestal in Yankee Station. A few days later on July 29, while aircraft were being prepared for the second launch of the day against targets in North Vietnam, a fire broke out on the flight deck of the Forrestal. Flames engulfed the fantail and spread below decks, touching off bombs and ammunition. Heroic efforts by VA-46 personnel, along with other members of Carrier Air Wing 17 and ship's company, brought the fires under control. Damage to the carrier and aircraft was severe, and the casualty count included 134 dead and 62 injured. The squadron lost seven A-4E Skyhawks during the fire. At the epicenter of the fire that day was squadron member and then Lieutenant Commander John McCain. He escaped from his burning jet and was trying to help another pilot escape when a bomb exploded;he was struck in the legs and chest by fragments.

From 4 May through 15 November 1968, VA-46 transitioned to the A-7 Corsair II.On 17 September 1970, while en route to the Caribbean for training exercises on board the USS John F. Kennedy, they received emergency orders to deploy immediately to the Mediterranean due to the hijacking of four airliners by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. They remained on station off the coast of Israel until November. During October 1973, with the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War between Israel, Egypt and Syria, the Kennedy and her air wing, while operating in the North Atlantic after just completing a Mediterranean deployment, were ordered back to the Mediterranean. During the latter part of October through mid-November, VA-46 conducted flight operations while the carrier was on station south of Crete. On 22 November 1975 during night operations, the Kennedy collided with the USS Belknap, causing major damage to the cruiser. Eight VA-46 personnel received awards for their heroism and devotion to duty as a result of their actions following the collision.

From 17 to 19 September 1985, VA-46 – along with other units of Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1) – were the first to conduct flight operations from a carrier operating inside a fjord. The USS America operated in Vestfjord, Norway during this evolution. The next year on April 14, 1986, as a response to terrorist actions, the squadron took part in strikes against targets in Libya. During that action, VA-46 provided air-to-surface Shrike and Harm missile strikes against Libyian radar missile sites. Beginning on 17 January 1991, the squadron took part in Operation Desert Storm, the combat operations to remove Iraqi forces from Kuwait. The squadron's A-7E Corsair IIs participated in the first combat strike against Iraqi targets in Baghdad, and VA-46 and VA-72 made the last combat sorties of the A-7 Corsair II during Desert Storm flying from the Red Sea.Upon their return from the Persian Gulf they were decommissioned on June 30, 1991. VA-46 were the last United States Navy squadron to fly the A-7 Corsair II.

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Fixed Wing

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Last Updated: Jan 8, 2016
Memories For This Unit

Worst Moment
Forrestal fire

Other Memories
deployed on USS Forrestal

My Photos For This Duty Station
VA-46 Mechs on Forrestal
29 Members Also There at Same Time
VA-46 Clansman

Campbell, Gary, PO3, (1966-1970) AD AD-6415 Petty Officer Third Class
McCain III, John, CAPT, (1958-1981) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Hayes, Martin, CAPT, (1966-1996) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Lankford, Harry, LT, (1967-1972) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Alexander, John, CPO, (1947-1968) AZ AZ-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Allen, Mike, CMC, (1967-1996) AZ AZ-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Beck, Thomas, PO2, (1967-1971) AQ AQ-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Brown, Bruce, PO2, (1967-1971) AT AT-6608 Petty Officer Second Class
Lewis, James, PO2, (1966-1970) AMH AMH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hill, Richard B, PO3, (1965-1967) ADJ ADJ-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Merrick, Robert, PO3, (1965-1970) AE AE-8326 Petty Officer Third Class
Roselli, Thomas R., PO3, (1962-1966) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Rudzis, Michael, PO3, (1967-1971) AQ AQ-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Stuck, James, PO3, (1963-1967) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Anderson, Daryl, AN, (1965-1969) AZ AZ-0000 Airman
Boote, William, AN, (1964-1968) AM AM-0000 Airman
Price, Charles, AN, (1964-1968) AB AB-0000 Airman
Mathews, Joe, PO2, (1967-1971) AD Petty Officer Second Class
Stark, Gerry Lyle, LCDR, (1949-1967) Lieutenant Commander
White, Fred Donald, LCDR, (1957-1967) Lieutenant Commander
Barton, Dennis Michael, LT, (1960-1967) Lieutenant
Owens, Richard Lee, CPO, (1946-1967) Chief Petty Officer
Brown, David, PO1, (1961-1975) Petty Officer First Class
Hatcher, Richard Anthony, AN, (1966-1967) Airman
Ott, Thomas Devecmon, AN, (1966-1967) Airman
Pody, John Christopher, AN, (1966-1967) Airman
Watkins, Harold David, AN, (1964-1967) Airman
Zwerlein, Robert Louis, AN, (1966-1967) Airman
Boyle, James, LT, (1968-2005) Seaman

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