VADM Henry C. Mustin, USN (Ret.) '55
'50 Classes

Henry C. Mustin was born in Bremerton, Washington on 31 August 1933, the son, grandson and great-grandson of distinguished naval officers. (The Guided Missile Destroyer DDG-89 has been named for the Mustin family.) He graduated from Coronado high School, Coronado, California in 1950 and attended the University of Virginia for one year prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy. He was graduated and commissioned an Ensign 3 June 1955. He retired 1 January 1989.

Vice Admiral Mustin, a destroyerman, served at sea in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets in USS DUNCAN (DDR 874); as Commanding Officer, USS Bunting (MHC 45); as a plankowner in both USS LAWRENCE (DDG 4) and USS CONYGHAM (DDG 17); as Commanding Officer, USS HENRY B. WILSON (DDG 7); as Commander, Destroyer Squadron 12, homeported in Athens, Greece; as Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 2; and as Commander, US Second Fleet and NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic (225 ships and 2100 aircraft over 45 million square miles from the Arctic Circle to the Equator).

He served ashore in Vietnam with the Delta River Patrol Group; as Flag Lieutenant to the Commander-in-Chief Pacific; as Executive Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief US Naval Forces Europe; as Director, Surface Combat Systems Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; as Deputy Commander Naval Surface Force, Atlantic Fleet; as Naval Inspector General; and as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy and Operations). He was responsible for the development of requirements and fleet introduction of the TOMAHAWK missile, the STANDARD missile (SM-2), LAMPS helicopters, and the TICONDEROGA-class AEGIS cruisers. He was instrumental in defining the initial requirements for the ARLEIGH BURKE class destroyers.

Vice Admiral Mustin directed all US Navy arms control planning, including the START negotiations with the Soviet Union. He led high level US interagency delegations to Moscow, London, Paris, Lisbon, Oslo and Seoul. He also served as the Senior US Military Representative to the United Nations.

His decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars with Combat “V,” Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Gold Star and Combat “V,” Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal With Combat “V,” Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, two Navy Unit Commendations, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, many campaign and service medals, and numerous foreign decorations and awards, including the Vietnamese Medal of Honor and Gallantry Cross with Palm.

He is married to the former Lucy Holcomb of Alexandria, Virginia. They have three sons, a daughter, and nine grandchildren.


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