Henry L. Garrett III

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Henry Garrett
Henry Lawrence Garrett III, official Navy photo, 1987.jpg
68th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
May 15, 1989 – June 26, 1992
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byWilliam L. Ball
Succeeded byJ. Daniel Howard (Acting)
24th United States Under Secretary of the Navy
In office
August 6, 1987 – May 15, 1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byJames F. Goodrich
Succeeded byJ. Daniel Howard
Personal details
Henry Lawrence Garrett III

(1939-06-24) June 24, 1939 (age 80)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of West Florida (BS)
University of San Diego (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1961–1964
UnitUSS Sea Poacher
Battles/warsCold War
 • Cuban Missile Crisis
 • Vietnam War
AwardsAir Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal (2)

Henry Lawrence Garrett III (born June 24, 1939)[1] served as the 68th Secretary of the Navy from May 15, 1989, to June 26, 1992, in the administration of George H. W. Bush.[2] Before leading the Department of the Navy, he served as General Counsel of the Department of Defense.


Garrett at the commissioning ceremony for the USS Arleigh Burke with Arleigh Burke and wife present and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney delivering the keynote address in July 1991.

Garrett served in the U.S. Navy from October 1961 to November 1981,[3] initially as a machinist's mate aboard USS Sea Poacher during the Cuban missile crisis,[4] before getting commissioned as a naval flight officer in 1964. He served with VP-50 in the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1967 and was awarded the Air Medal two times during his military career.

Garrett ultimately resigned due to the Tailhook scandal.[5]


  1. ^ Appropriations, United States Congress Senate Committee on; Defense, United States Congress Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on (10 February 1988). "Department of Defense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 1989: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, Second Session, on H.R. 4781 ..." U.S. Government Printing Office – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Sweeney, Jerry K.; Kevin B. Byrne (2006). A handbook of American military history: from the Revolutionary War to the present. University of Nebraska Press. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-8032-9337-3.
  3. ^ http://www.epnaao.com/BIOS_files/HONORARY/Garrett-%20H.%20L.pdf
  4. ^ "Friends See Secretary as Honorable but Ill-Served". The New York Times. 27 June 1992.
  5. ^ "Post Tailhook Punishment". Frontline, PBS. Retrieved 2007-08-13.

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Government offices
Preceded by
James F. Goodrich
United States Under Secretary of the Navy
August 6, 1987 – May 15, 1989
Succeeded by
J. Daniel Howard
Preceded by
William L. Ball
United States Secretary of the Navy
May 15, 1989 – June 26, 1992
Succeeded by
J. Daniel Howard (acting)
Sean O'Keefe