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First Name: Henry

Last Name: Mauz Jr.

Birthplace: Lynhcburg, VA, US

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: Lynchburg, VA
Middle Name: Herrward

Date of Birth: 04 May 1936

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1959-1994
Henry Herrward Mauz Jr.
'Hammerin' Hank'

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1959

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Henry H. Mauz, Jr.

Admiral, U.S. Navy


Henry H. Mauz, Jr. was born on 4 May 1936.

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1959, Mauz served in Vietnam, operating river patrol boats along the Mekong Delta. He commanded a minesweeper, USS Prime (MSO-466); the guided-missile destroyer USS Semmes (DDG-18); and the guided-missile cruiser USS England (CG-22) (1980-82).

Mauz served as Commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet from 1988-90, and in August 1990 assumed command of all U.S. Naval forces in the Persian Gulf. On 1 August 1992, he was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral and began his final assignment as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

Admiral Mauz retired from the Navy in 1994.


His education includes the Naval Academy, Naval War College, a Graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MBA from Auburn University.

Medals and Awards

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with Combat "Valor" Device
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Achievement Medal (3 Awards)
Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star (Japan)
Meritorious Service Cross (Canada)
Ordre National du Mérite (France)


• He is a Companion of the Naval Order of the United States.

• He was inducted into the Naval Postgraduate School Hall of Fame on 19 November 2003.

Retirement Controversy

Although retired as a full Admiral, Mauz's retirement was delayed by Congress due to allegations he mishandled sexual harassment complaints. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) was chiefly responsible for the delay. In a letter to her, Mauz stated:

"You have commented on the need to hold our senior officers accountable. I suggest that a U.S. senator has the same code and that in the case of your actions during my confirmation you should also be held accountable. You showed little interest in the truth."

Mauz was later confirmed by a vote of 92-6 in favor of allowing him to retire at four-star rank.

In Retirement

Mauz is on the Board of Advisors for Genex Technologies, the Board of Directors of CNF Inc., the Board of Directors of Texas Industries, and the Advisory Council of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Civil Military Relations at the Naval Postgraduate School

A 1965 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, he was President of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, and currently serves on its board.

Admiral Mauz is one of the senior signatories of the 31 March 2009 letter urging the president to maintain the policy excluding homosexuals from the armed forces.

Honoree ID: 591   Created by: MHOH




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