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MUSTIN Vice Admiral HENRY C. MUSTIN U.S. Navy (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 a.m. 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. www.parrfuneralhome.comwww.parrfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 17, 2016.
Funeral service
10:00 AM
US Naval Academy Chapel
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April 6, 2020
Dear Hank and Lucy, just this morning listening to a Glenn Miller CD.You would strum and sing along with my Dad, Pete Smith.Great times. I was just a little kid at the time but I remember. Love you and Lucy always.
Becky Smith
April 6, 2019
Dear Lucy, we always will miss Hank. The Coronado years when everyone was young, the fun times at get togethers, Hank strumming the guitar! Much love to you and to Lucy. Capt. Pete and Dorothy. Becki. Tom. and Tim.
Rebecca Smith
May 3, 2016
An outstanding Naval Office, Husband, Brother & Friend to many. Hank you will be missed by so many in the days ahead but we were all so lucky to have had you in our lives.
Bob McInerney
May 3, 2016

I served with you on the staff of Cruiser Destroyer Group Two in Charleston, SC in 1980 - 1981 as your boat engineer. Very long days when we were anchored out in the Med. Seems your launch was always going from sun up to after Mid Night. More than once we would pick you up at the dock very late and you were playing guitar there for the locals. Where the strings came from who knows? You always liked a night cap before retiring aboard so we usually would circle the Flag Ship a few times as the you enjoyed your cocktail. Always shook my head having to climb up that Jacob's ladder afterwards. I liked it when you would see me at HQ in the hall and say "Hello Tom, how you doing" I always wanted to say "Doing Fine Hank" but never did. So if I may Sir, "Fair Winds and Following Seas Hank"

Tom Totoris MCPO
USN Retired
Tom Totoris
April 26, 2016
As a junior high student at TJ in the 50's, I remember well your dashing brother, Hank, and how much you looked up to him and how much we all admired both his dynamic personality and his looks in tennis togs. He was always nice to us younger teens. I know you and Lucy will miss him, and that we will all cherish those memories of our youth.
Diane Messinger Galloway
Diane Galloway
April 26, 2016
April 19, 2016
jerome chiappetta
April 19, 2016
In memory and honor, what an amazing life!
Susan Lundgren
April 18, 2016
A winner like Hank will not soon come along. What a guy! Tom & Ursula Kiefaber
April 18, 2016
Hank, what now is left of what once we saw as our indispensable generation, still stands, but now as ruins...ruins left by the inevitableness of death, death that follows us throughout our lives. The structures of family, friendship and comaradarie that made us strong, and provided the bond that gave us strength and our lives meaning, have crumbled. Husbands, wives,children and dear friends,edifices that held us erect and strong, have broken their bonds with this life and have left us standing in the rubble...weary, bent, and very lonely. Hank, you now are with Joe, Phil, Nancy, and a host of friends and family...say hi to all.
Frank Hannegan
April 18, 2016
Gifts come to us in many different packages and ways. Some are small others are big. They can be wrapped in such beautiful ways that sometimes the wrapping is too beautiful to unwrap and destroy the beauty of the wrapping.
They are given to us by friends, business associates, neighbors, and family for a verity of reasons.
Really truly gifts are lovingly selected to fit perfectly in the life style of a person or family.
Most are selected by someone who really understands everything completely and the gift is selected in hopes that it will bring great joy to one's life.
Jesus took His time and love to personalize His gift and selected John-Hank out of all the possibilities in the world to be the father of his children and as a lifetime companion to his wife.
To walk with them sharing happiness and sorrows and too help them stay rooted in their faith. And when Hank's assigned tasks were done Jesus lovingly called him home.
Please take some comfort in the fact that Hank is now in the loving arms of God surrounded by love and happiness, family and friends that preceded him and that Hank is showered with the pure love of God that we can't comprehend or imagine
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Jay & Teri Plowy
Jay & Teri Plowy
April 18, 2016
Smooth sailing, Hank. You made a difference. Condolences from the Flynn family. Vince Flynn
April 17, 2016
Doug and Family,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Hank was so full of life. May his memories wrap you in a hug and you feel our love and support at this time. Peggy and Nick Curtin
Peggy Curtin
April 17, 2016
Dear Grandma Doug,
My Thoughts are with you
We keep in our hearts forever the memories of those we have loved.
May it help in your time of sadness to know I am thinking of you and share your sorrow.
With Deepest Sympathy to you, Terry, Corrine, Larry and all the Mustin family.
Nora Ovares
April 17, 2016
He was the big brother every girl should be so lucky to have. He taught me how to ride a bike, and how to dance (on the afternoon of my first dance) and how to not "throw like a girl." He took me to my first movie. And he fell head over heels in love with my beautiful best friend from St. Agnes School for Girls, Lucy Jane Holcomb, and never looked at another girl after that. They were married for sixty years. Oh, the times we all had together... a rich, full, fun life, truly well-lived.
Doug St. Denis
April 17, 2016
Having been blessed with the privilege to have served and played with the Mustin family, the Paul family offers their heartfelt condolences.
Admiral Mustin gave me advice that I will never forget.
Andy, Barb, Tom, Rob and Jon
Andrew Paul
April 17, 2016
Dear Lucy and Family,
George and I extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of Hank. He was an amazing man and will be missed greatly. Surely the Angels have welcomed him into Paradise. Love, George and Dorothy Martin
April 17, 2016
For Lucy,
In loving memory of Hank.
We will love you and miss you always.
Becki Smith, Tom Smith and Tim Smith
Rebecca Smith
April 17, 2016
Dearest Tom, very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. We miss you very much at JOM and hope you are well. My sympathies to and prayers for you and your family.

Jan Gallichio
April 17, 2016
CAPT John Mustin
April 17, 2016
Lucy, Carol and I send our most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Hank was my hero. He was my mentor and my friend...and I will never forget him and the positive impact he had on my life, both in and out of the Navy. I know he will be sorely missed. You and your family are in our prayers. With great respect, Frank and Carol Lugo
Captain and Mrs. Frank Lugo, USN (Ret)
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