VADM Henry C. Mustin, USN (Ret)

The service will be at the Naval Academy chapel on 4/28 at 1000. 
He'll be interred at the Mustin family plot in the USNA cemetery. 
Reception to follow at USNA.

Vice Admiral Henry C. Mustin, USN (Ret) of Alexandria, VA, passed away on April 11, 2016 from congestive heart failure. He was 82 years old. 

He was the fifth generation of distinguished naval officers and nephew of the 12th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and was commissioned an Ensign in 1955. A distinguished graduate of the US Naval War College, he retired from the US Navy in 1989. The Guided Missile Destroyer, USS MUSTIN (DDG-89) is named for the Mustin family. 

Early in his career “Hammerin’ Hank” Mustin served aboard destroyers in both Pacific and Atlantic fleets, and distinguished himself in combat in Vietnam with the Delta River Patrol Group, for which he was decorated.  He later commanded a destroyer squadron in the Mediterranean.  As a flag officer he commanded Cruiser Destroyer Group TWO; Commander, US Second Fleet; Commander, NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic; and Commander, Joint Task Force 120, where he was responsible for 225 ships and 2100 aircraft spanning over 45 million square miles from the Arctic Circle to the Equator.   

Vice Admiral Mustin directed 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. As Commander, NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic, he instituted major strategic changes to the defense of NATO that shaped the nation’s Maritime Strategy.  He also served as the Senior US Military Representative to the United Nations. 

Following his naval service, he served as the Vice President of International Sales for Kaman Incorporated and served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses in Alexandria, VA. 

His decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars with Combat “V,” two Air Medals with Combat “V,” Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” Combat Action Ribbon, various campaign and service medals, and numerous foreign decorations and awards, including the Vietnamese Medal of Honor and Gallantry Cross with Palm.  

He was married to the love of his life, the former Lucy Holcomb of Alexandria, Virginia for 60 years. They have three sons, Lloyd (Tracy), Tom (Carolyn), John (Kim) and a daughter, Kay Mustin Miller (Steve).  They have twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Tom Mustin, and a sister, Douglas Mustin St. Denis, both of Coronado, California.  All will miss his warm smile, guitar playing, crabbing expertise, and love of a good martini. 

Funeral services will be held at the US Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, MD on Thursday April 28th at 10:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the USNA Foundation for the Athletic Excellence Fund, 25 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 or The Sentara Foundation – Hampton Roads, Sentara Heart Fund, 6015 Poplar Hall Drive, Suite 308, Norfolk VA 23502.     




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