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Joseph  Brian Mueller

Joseph Brian Mueller
  • November 24, 1934 - December 31, 2018
  • MKount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
    c/o St. Benedict Catholic Church
    950 Darrell Creek Trail
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

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“Joe was A Compassionate Man & Team Builder. I First Met Joe When I Reported to the Stimson for Assignment to the Blue Crew, but since They Had the...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: JOHN COLE - ST GEORGE, UT

“Joe was my CO when I was Weapons Officer. He was a fine example of what every CO should aspire to. He new when to wear his CO hat and when to wear...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Bob Sands - Washington, UT

“To Joseph's family and friends, on behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), I offer our sincere condolences on Joseph's passing. You...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Chaplain Raymond Fritz - SC

“Joe and I were shipmates aboard the USS SEAWOLF SSN575 for nearly 4 years. We enjoyed the challenges onboard the "575". I am saddened to hear of his...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: DONALD MADURA - Waterford, CT

“Joe was the Engineer on USS Seawolf when I reported aboard for my first tour in submarines in 1969. Of course I thought, at the time, that he was...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Howard Chatham

“A true leader, He made USS HOLLAND my best Junior Officer tour! Thank you Sir, Fair Winds. ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: Edwin Lancaster LCDR USN (Ret) - IN

“My condolences to Joe's family on his passing.My parents were good friends of Joe's parents, Natalie and Art. I remember how proud of Joe his...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Gloria Graven - Springfield, OR

“Very sad to learn of Capt Mueller passing. He was my CO on Stimson for all but one of his Command patrols. It was an honor to be on his crew! Fair...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Steve Burnett - New London, CT

“JB was my C.O. on H.L.STIMSON,my sincere condolences to the family and freinds. He was the real deal.Jan 1977 calmly pulled us out of a death plunge...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: QM2/SS W.J. CLARK 655G 76-79


10 of 23 | Posted by: QM2/SS WJ Clark SSBN655GOLD 1976-79

the best C.O. the best leader a Sub crew could ask for he was THE REAL DEAL
11 of 23 | Posted by: QM2/SS WJ Clark SSBN655GOLD 1976-79

“I have known Joe since 1952 and a finer person you will never meet. He was one of the kindest people I ever had the privilege to know. We shared a...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Beverly Fox-Thomas - Sallas, OR

“Dear Mueller Family, The Muellers and Cavinesses have been connected for five decades, ever since the blind dates your parents and my parents had...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Kim Caviness - Chicago, IL

“We are sad to hear of his passing. He was always so enlightening and funny.He always remained optimistic and cheerful. Lots of hugs to all of your...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Carrie Wilcox - SC - Acquaintance

“Captain Joe Mueller was my very first CO in the Navy on USS HENRY L STIMSON. He and his wife Mary took great care of my wife Meg and I during our...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Joe Leidig - Arnold, MD

“So very sorry to hear of Joes passingWhat an incredible life he hadMy condolences to the family ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Very much appreciated Capt. Mueller when he was my CO on board Stimson. Much respect for him. ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: James Bowles - Austin, TX

“We were next door neighbors of Mary and Joe in Mt Pleasant and were blessed by their friendship. We have wonderful memories of the fun and times we...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: kay and john hinds - Greensboro, GA

“Dear Rebecca and family,I am so sorry to hear about your dad! I remember when your mom and he would pick up JT in the carpool line at school. They...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Susa Snyder - Daniel island, SC

“I had the pleasant experience of being the Blue crew CO of USS Henry L. Stimson, alternating with Joe over a three year span 1978-1981. He was...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Thomas Conrey - CHARLESTON, SC

Brotherhood of the Dolphin “To the Mueller Family, On behalf of the Charleston Base SUBVETS and Swamp Fox Chapter SUBVETS WWII, I offer you our sincere condolences on Joe's...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Nick Nichols - Summerville, SC

“Captain Mueller was my CO when I reported aboard HOLLAND in 1986 as First Lieutenant. He was a great CO and much beloved by the crew and wardroom. ...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Luke Biggs - Summerville, SD

Lunch with Joe last year “Joe was a mentor and friend. My Captain as Engineer. My opponent in doubles. My partner in business and my friend as a fisherman. Linda and I miss...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Rik Dilgren - Charleston, SC


Joseph Brian Mueller, 81, husband of the late Mary Yvette Gonzalez Mueller, passed from this earth to Heaven peacefully at his home near Charleston, SC, on Monday, December 31, 2018.
Joe grew up on a small poultry farm near the Mt. Hood National Forest in beautiful western Oregon. He was for the most part the only farm hand and learned to work hard, taking care of the chickens and eggs, picking strawberries, and driving both the farm tractor and hay hauling truck when he was twelve. After high school, Joe spent a couple of years of undergraduate studies at Portland State and Santa Clara Universities and some US Forest Service time. He enrolled at the US Naval Academy in 1957. Joe was assigned to the 9th Company throughout his 4 years. He was a member of the varsity Wrestling Team and led his battalion tennis team to the intramural championship. Joe graduated with distinction in 1961 and was presented his diploma by President Kennedy in June of that year.
Joe met his future wife, Mary, in 1960 on a blind date at homecoming, while he attended the Naval Academy and she attended Notre Dame College in Baltimore. They were married in 1962, and remained so until Mary's death in 2013. Joe and Mary's family was, and is, tri-cultural. Mary was born in Puerto Rico. During their Navy years they lived, with their 3 children, in San Diego, CA, Groton, CT, and Charleston, SC. Rebeca, a program manager at the Medical University of SC, met and married her husband, Anh Toan Ho, in Viet Nam. She lives in the Charleston area with Toan, a restaurant owner, and son Joseph (JT), a gifted musician. Stephen met and married his wife, Phuong, in Vietnam. They live in Vietnam with their two sons, Brian and Ben. Stephen and Phuong started and own a tour company that features tours, throughout Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, riding on Vespa motorbikes. Kenneth is not married. He also lives in Vietnam and is involved in exports and imports and transportation projects.
Joe's Naval career spanned 30 years of the Cold War. After a year and a half of nuclear and submarine training, Joe reported in 1963 to USS Scamp SSN588, probably the fastest submarine in the world at that time. Joe served on 6 nuclear submarines, eventually commanding USS Henry L Stimson SSBN655. Joe also had 2 tours on submarine squadron staffs where he helped train the crews and commanding officers of fast attack submarines in the squadron. Joe's last command was USS Holland AS32, an afloat depot and submarine repair ship with more than 1,000 men and women engaged in every activity required to support a squadron of SSBNs and crews; repairs, re-supply, medical and dental, torpedoes, missiles and nuclear warheads. After his tour in command of Holland, Joe finished his Navy career at the staff of Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic where he was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.
When Joe retired from the Navy, he and his family continued to live in the Charleston area. Joe and Mary built their dream house, on a tidal creek, with a dock and fishing boat. The dock was completed first, then the house. He worked for 25 more years for two large technology companies engaged in the management of research projects. He found time to devote to a deep engagement for more than 30 years with a world wide catholic charity, St. Vincent de Paul, whose mission is helping individuals and families in need. He founded the St Benedict conference of St. Vincent de Paul in Mt. Pleasant about 15 years ago. Joe also was busy in the local US Tennis Association leagues, where one of his teams won the state championship in Men's 70+ doubles league. He and a Navy buddy were undefeated at the subsequent Southern Championships. Besides his family and charity work, Joe's greatest passion was fishing. He and Navy and local friends spent hundreds of hours, many at night, catching shrimp, flounder and redfish in the tidal creeks around Charleston. He joined another group of friends for fishing trips along the Pacific Coast of Oregon and Alaska, pursuing salmon and halibut.
After Mary passed away, Joe traveled the world, often with travel buddies, exploring more than 30 countries. Joe enjoyed life to the fullest, especially his work with St Vincent de Paul helping those in need, primarily in the rural areas of the South Carolina Low Country. A memorial mass will held at St. Benedict Catholic Church on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 am. Joe will be interred with Mary at Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery, in Moncks Corner, SC.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to St Vincent de Paul, St Benedict parish, 950 Darrell Creek Trail, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466.