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Mustin: A Naval Family of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1
     

Mustin: A Naval Family of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by John Fass Morton
 

ISBN-10: 1591144922

ISBN-13: 9781591144922

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

Three generations of a distinguished naval family are profiled in this biography whose publication coincides with the commissioning of the USS Mustin (DDG-89), the U.S. Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer. The family's story intertwines with the history of the U.S. Navy as it rose through the century to become the preeminent

Overview

Three generations of a distinguished naval family are profiled in this biography whose publication coincides with the commissioning of the USS Mustin (DDG-89), the U.S. Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer. The family's story intertwines with the history of the U.S. Navy as it rose through the century to become the preeminent maritime player on the international stage. Key participants in many of the major naval milestones of the twentieth century, the Mustins dealt with tremendous technological and historical change, from the rise of the battleship and naval aviation to the introduction of missiles, nuclear submarines, and atomic weapons. Henry Mustin is acknowledged as one of the fathers of naval aviation. His son Lloyd followed a career in ordnance and gunnery, becoming proficient in everything from small arms to nuclear weapons testing. Lloyd's son, Hank, was a key player in the restoration of the surface Navy in the 1970s and one of the first to execute the maritime strategy of the 1980s. Hank's brother, Tom, was a decorated brown-water warrior in the Vietnam War.

Drawing upon oral histories, interviews, and family letters, papers and photographs, the book profiles the careers of these four men. For both the general reader and sea service professional, it features firsthand accounts of many important naval actions, including the Philippine Insurrection, Vera Cruz, Guadalcanal, and Operation Game Warden. The chapters dealing with the Vietnam War, in particular, afford multi-faceted insight into that tragic conflict from three perspectives: Lloyd serving in Washington, Hank on the Pacific Command staff, Tom in the Mekong Delta. The intense degree to which technology, operations, and bureaucratic politics intersected their careers proves timeless.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591144922
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
491
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
Part I.The Aviator
1.The Academy Years: A Philadelphian Joins the Tide3
2.An Ensign Goes to War12
3.Command in the Philippines: From Oyster to Pirate20
4.The Gunner Finds His Mascotte34
5.With the Great White Fleet: Almost Better than My Honor47
6.Into the Air65
7.A High Type in Vera Cruz82
8.A Warrior at War Within and Without96
9.Returning to the Game110
10.Aviation in the Pacific121
11.BuAer and Henry Croskey's Legacy129
Part II.The Gun Boss
12.Growing Up a Navy Junior139
13.The Academy Years: It Isn't Luck, It's Skill147
14.On the Asiatic Station: By the Slop Chute on the Ol' Whangpoo158
15.The Making of a Gun Boss173
16.First Blood on the Atlanta183
17.At War, at Speed with Pete and Ching203
18.Coming to Terms with the Postwar Missile Navy217
19.First Command: A Love You Could Taste222
20.Early Exposure to Pentagon Politics: Nothing but Logic229
21.A Destroyerman at Home in the Pacific237
22.From Argus to Berlin: An Operational Flag Officer in the Strategic Realm245
23.Operation Dominic: Shooting Swordfish in a Fish Desert257
24.J-3 and Vietnam: Wrestling a Fine Italian Hand269
25.Career's End and Retirement: Never Better285
Part III.The Surface Warriors
26.Hank Mustin: Childhood and USNA--Grooming for the A Team297
27.The Young Destroyerman in the Cavalry305
28.Brown-Water Operations in Vietnam: Terry and the Pirates319
29.On the Gun Line: Destroyer Command330
30.First Duty at OpNav: A Polecat at a Beach Party336
31.Introduction to NATO: The Frocked Captain in Sleepy Hollow345
32.Driving Surface Warfare357
33.Bagging the Carriers: A Two-Star in the Penalty Box364
34.Commander, Second Fleet372
35.The Ops Baron384
36.Tom Mustin: Swashbuckling from Wardroom to Courtroom401
Appendix415
Source Notes427
Index437

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