Rear Admiral Joseph Lustrat Coleman USN (ret.)

September 10, 1922January 14, 2014
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COLEMAN, Joseph Lustrat Rear Admiral Joseph Lustrat COLEMAN, USN (ret.), 91, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He was born in Atlanta, GA on September 10, 1922, the son of Owen and Eleanore Lustrat Coleman. He married the former Margaret (Margie) Hendley who survives him along with his three children, Carol Lee Jackson, Sherrie Lynn Millichap and Joseph Lustrat, Jr. There are 7 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

Joe entered the Navy NAVCAD program in August 1942 and received his Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator on December 31 1943 and was commissioned as an Ensign. He joined Fighter Squadron 40 on the USS Swannee (CVE-27) serving in the Pacific where he was credited with destroying two Japanese aircraft off the coast of Iwo Jima. Following the war he served on the USS Midway (CVE-41) before returning to study at George Washington University graduating in 1951. He joined Fighter Squadron 32 transitioning into jets and flying the F2H Banshee and F9F, -6 Cougar. He became the Public Information Officer at the Naval Air Station Atlanta in 1954 followed by attending the Armed Forces Staff College and a tour on the USS Hornet (CVS-12) as Air Operations Officer. He then attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI before becoming the commanding officer of Attack Squadron 15 and the commanding officer of Attack Squadron 122 flying the AD Skyraider and A4D Skyhawk. After a tour as program director of the new OV-10 aircraft, he became commanding officer of the USS Mispillion (AD-105) a supply ship off the coast of Viet Nam in 1967 and 1968 and later was the commanding officer in USS Ranger (CVA-61) operating off the coast of Viet Nam during 1969-1971. He was promoted to Rear Admiral and became the commander of the 4th Naval District and Philadelphia Naval Base before retiring and returning to Jacksonville.

In civilian life, Joe was a former Board Member and Chairman of the Jacksonville Electric Authority, Board Member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, he was a founder and former president of the Fleet Landing Retirement Community, board member of the Navy League of Jacksonville, National Trustee of the Association of Naval Aviation, member of the Golden Eagles (Early Pioneer Naval Aviators), member of the Commodore’s League of Jacksonville, a former member of the Timuquana Country Club, past board member and chairman of the University Club and numerous other affiliations in the Jacksonville community where he left his firm impression on their future.

He was an icon to the Navy in Jacksonville and was always the center attraction at every event. He was honored on Veteran’s Day by the Navy League of Jacksonville. He will be missed, not only by his family but, by the entire community who knew him as a great leader and friend.

A memorial service is planned for Sunday, January 19, at 1:00 PM at Hardage Giddens Hendricks Chapel. Reception to follow; location to be announced. He will be interred at Jacksonville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you are encouraged to make a contribution to Wounded Warriors in memory of Joe Coleman. Words of comfort can be left at Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 4115 Hendricks Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32207. (904) 346-3808.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rear Admiral Joseph Lustrat Coleman USN (ret.)

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Andrew Patykewich

January 21, 2014

Admiral Coleman was a very important and memorable part of my life. My words and my sympathy can not begin to convey my feeling of loss. My thoughts of your family are indelible and my heart is with you forever

January 19, 2014

My life has been enriched by the friendship of Admiral Coleman and his wife Margie. They both represent the finest of the "Greatest Generation".
My sincere condolences to Margie and the rest of the family
Rear Admiral Jimmie Seeley

Mike Miller

January 19, 2014

My deepest condoences to Adm. Coleman's family. I had the honor of working along side Joe in the campaign to Save the Sara, a community-wide campaign to convert the decommissioned U.S.S. Saratoga into a glowing museum and tribute to our Navy downtown on the St. John's River. Adm. Coleman was passionate about this campaign never missing an opportunity to talk to groups or individuals enlisting support wherever he could. His enthusiasm was infectuous with everyone he spoke to. It was an honor to know him.

Kyle Strickland

January 18, 2014

Admiral Coleman is the reason I am in the Navy and can provide for my family. I never got to thank him in person. I dedicate my service in the Navy to honor his faith in me. My family and I send our love and deepest sympathies.

Gustavo Villarini

January 17, 2014

My condolences to the Colman family. I am prould to say I served under him aboard the USS Ranger in 1970, I was a PO3 then. May God bless and comfort you all . He was a great man and leader.

Gustavo A. Villarini, CPO USN RET.

Linda Strickland

January 17, 2014

Worked for Admiral Coleman at Pan American Civil Engineering Firm. His inspiration is one of the reasons my son joined the Navy. Kindest thoughts and prayers to his wonderful family.

Bob and Jan Davis

January 17, 2014

Sincerest condolences to the Coleman family. Joe was a fine Southern gentleman who will be missed by many. Rest in peace, good neighbor.