Vice Admiral Lloyd Mustin was born to a Navy career, being the son of pioneering naval aviator Captain Henry Mustin. Lloyd Mustin was serving as assistant gunnery officer on board the cruiser USS Atlanta (CL-51) during World War II, got ashore after her sinking in November 1942, and subsequently served for three months as part of a naval unit with the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal. In this excerpt from his U.S. Naval Institute oral history, he describes the first major naval engagement of the Guadalcanal Campaign—the 8–9 August 1942 Battle of Savo Island (see “Leading the Charge at Savo Island,” p. 22)—and remarks how fortunate it was that the Japanese didn’t grasp the extent of their success. Otherwise, “it would have been shooting fish in a rain barrel.”
As I Recall - "A Brilliant Accomplishment by the Japanese"
By Vice Admiral Lloyd M. Mustin, U.S. Navy (Retired)