Gen. Carl Mundy, 30th commandant of the Marine Corps, dies

By Hope Hodge Seck | Apr 09, 2014

The Marine Corps’ 30th commandant, retired Gen. Carl Epting Mundy Jr., has died, his family confirmed to the Marine Corps Times. He was 78.

Mundy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma, several months ago, said his son-in-law, Bob Gunter. He died April 2 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

Mundy served as commandant from 1991 to 1995 and helped to restructure the Marine Corps following the denouement of the Cold War.

According to a biography curated at the United States Marine Corps History Division, “General Mundy was noted for his emphasis on ‘people issues’ and core values of honor, courage and commitment. During his tenure, ‘From the Sea’ became the Navy-Marine Corps joint strategic concept, wherein the Navy and Marine Corps reoriented doctrinal focus toward littoral warfare.”

Mundy served in the Vietnam War from 1966-67 and earned, among other awards, the Bronze Star with combat valor device, and the Purple Heart.

Following his retirement in 1995 after a 38-year military career, Mundy went on to serve as president and CEO of the USO and also served as chairman of the Marine Corps University Foundation.

Mundy’s two sons followed him into the Marine Corps. His oldest son, Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III currently serves as commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade in California, while Col. Timothy S. Mundy serves as chief of staff for Combat Development and Integration at Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Virginia. He also survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Gunter.

Mundy’s wife of 56 years, Linda Sloan Mundy, died last June. She was 78.

In a statement released April 3, Marine Commandant Gen. Jim Amos called Mundy “a valiant warrior, a dedicated public servant, and a good and decent man.”

Mundy “served with honor and distinction through more than four decades of devotion to country and Corps,” Amos said in the statement. “All Marines mourn his passing but celebrate his lasting legacy of service and leadership. ... Bonnie and I offer our deepest condolences to his family.”

Reprinted with permission from the Marine Corps Times.