Mustin family

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The Mustin Family
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Mustin Family at Mustin beach on November 3, 1989
Ethnicity Primarily English descent
Place of origin United States
Members General Richard Kennon, Commodore Beverley Kennon, Commodore Arthur Sinclair, Admiral Thomas B. Howard, Captain Douglas L. Howard, Major General George Barnett, Captain Henry Croskey Mustin, Vice Admiral George D. Murray, Vice Admiral Lloyd M. Mustin, Rear Admiral Thomas H. Morton, Lieutenant Commander Henry A. Mustin, LT Gordon S. Mustin, Vice Admiral Henry C. "Hank" Mustin, Lieutenant Commander Thomas M. Mustin, Captain Lloyd M. Mustin II, Rear Admiral John B. Mustin, Tom Mustin (a TV announcer on CBS4 in Denver), LT Lloyd “Link” Mustin
Connected families Barnett, Howard, Morton, Murray, Sinclair
Distinctions Five Wars in 100 Years
Traditions US Navy

The Mustin family has recorded a tradition of service in the United States Navy extending from 1896 to the present. Their naval roots trace back to Commodore Arthur Sinclair. Probably the most famous member was Henry Croskey Mustin, a pioneering naval aviator who was designated Navy Air Pilot No. 3 and later Naval Aviator No. 11. Two U.S. Navy destroyers have borne the name Mustin in honor of members of the family, U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mustin (DD-413) and the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89).[1]


Often referred to as "The Father of Naval Aviation," Captain Henry C. Mustin (1874–1923), an 1896 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was the principal architect for the concept of the catapult launch. He married Corinne DeForest Montague, great-granddaughter of Commodore Arthur Sinclair, and a first cousin and close confidante of Wallis Simpson, who became involved in a controversial relationship with King Edward VIII of Great Britain who abdicated to marry her in 1936.[2] They had three children Lloyd M., Henry A., and Gordon S. As a Lieutenant Commander, he established Naval Aeronautic Station, Pensacola, the Navy’s first permanent airstation together with a flight school in January 1914, and became its first Commanding Officer. The first flight was made from the station on February 2 by Lt. J.H. Towers and Ens. G. de C. Chevalier. On November 5, 1915, while underway, Lt. Cmdr Mustin successfully flew an AB-2 flying boat off the stern of the USS North Carolina in Pensacola Bay, FL, making the first ever recorded catapult launching from a ship underway. In 1899, he earned a commendation for distinguished service in the capture of Vigan, Philippines. The first operational missions of naval aircraft were flown under his command during the Veracruz operation in 1914 and he was the first to hold the title: Commander, Aircraft Squadrons, Pacific Fleet. Designated Naval Aviator Number Eleven, Captain Mustin was instrumental in the design of the Naval Aviator Insignia.

His eldest son, Vice Admiral Lloyd M. Mustin, (1911–1999), a 1932 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, took part in developing the Navy's first lead-computing anti-aircraft gun sight, which proved of major importance in the air-sea actions of World War II, and served on the cruiser USS Atlanta (CL-51) during the naval battle of Guadalcanal. His ship was lost during that action; with other survivors he landed on Guadalcanal and served ashore with a naval unit attached to the 1st Marine Division. His post-war service included commands at sea and development and evaluation of weapon systems. He later served as director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Vice Admiral Mustin's two sons, retired Navy Vice Admiral Henry C. Mustin, (1933-2016) and Lieutenant Commander Thomas M. Mustin continued their family's tradition of military service. Vice Admiral Mustin, a 1955 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was a decorated Vietnam veteran who served in the 1980s as the Naval Inspector General, Commander, Second Fleet and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans and Policy. Lieutenant Commander Mustin, also a Naval Academy graduate (1962) earned a Bronze Star during the Vietnam conflict for river patrol combat action.

Additionally, two of Vice Admiral Henry C. Mustin's sons and one daughter-in-law served in the Navy. Captain Lloyd M. Mustin II and his wife, Captain Tracy Mustin, retired in 2015. Captain John Mustin, a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, continues to serve in the Naval Reserves. He briefly returned to active duty service as the Commanding Officer of Inshore Boat Unit 22, deployed to Kuwait, from 2004-2005 and was selected for promotion to Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in March 2016. [3] VADM Hank Mustin's third son, Tom Mustin, worked as an actor before becoming a TV news reporter. He is currently a news anchor on CBS4 in Denver.[4][5]

Several facilities have borne the name Mustin in honor of the Mustin family. These include two destroyers of the United States Navy named USS Mustin, as well as Mustin Beach, the Mustin Beach Officers' Club, and Mustin Hall (the Bachelor Officers' Quarters) aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Additionally, the Henry C. Mustin Naval Air Facility was operational at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 1926 to 1963.

Family tree[edit]

I. CAPT Henry C. Mustin
Corinne DeForest Montague
II. VADM Lloyd M. Mustin, (1911-1999) Emily Morton Mustin LCDR Henry A. Mustin LT Gordon S. Mustin
III. VADM Henry C. (Hank) Mustin LCDR Thomas M. Mustin
IV. RADM(s) John Mustin (Naval Reserves) Tom Mustin TV announcer at CBS4 Navy. Captain Lloyd M. Mustin II Captain Tracy Mustin
Henry Croskey Mustin