Capt. E.E. “Ted” Mouton was born to Edward “Monte” Mouton and Clara Yerington Mouton on June 28, 1922, in Reno, Nevada. Mouton was born with aviation in his blood as his father, Monte Mouton, was a World War I aviator and flight instructor and, post-military, was one of the first U.S. Airmail pilots.
Mouton graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945 and was immediately sent to the South Pacific in command of a minesweeper, clearing Japanese mines from shipping lanes. Upon receiving his “wings” after World War II, Mouton was deployed to the Korean War on two tours as an F4-U Corsair fighter/bomber pilot aboard USS Boxer, USS Valley Forge and USS Philippine Sea carriers.
Mouton was stationed to Naval Air Station North Island in 1960 and, during this tour of duty, was twice deployed to Vietnam for air operations on USS Bon Homme Richard, USS Hornet, and USS Bennington as commander of the air group. During his career, Mouton flew the SNJ aircraft, the TBM torpedo bomber, the AD-4 and AD-5 dive bombers, the F8F-2B fighter aircraft, the F4U-4 fighter aircraft, the JRB aircraft, the T-28 Trojan aircraft, the F3D Skyknight, the F7F Tigercat, the WF-2 Tracer, the S2F-1 and STF-2 Trackers, and also became Sikorsky SH-3 helicopter qualified.
Commendations awarded include the Legion of Merit; Air Medals with Gold Star; Navy Unit Commendations; WWII, China, Korea and Vietnam Service Medals and Presidential Unit Citations.
Upon retirement in 1969, Mouton worked on both the S-3 anti-submarine jet version of the S-2 which Mouton flew in Vietnam and the then-top secret F-117 Night Hawk at Lockheed Burbank.
Mouton married Adelyn “Lynn” Mundy Mouton on February 3, 1946, and they had four children: Leslie, Michael, Kent and Bradley. Service stations where Mouton and his family lived during his Naval career include Dahlgren, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Point Mugu and Coronado California; Newport, Rhode Island; and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The Moutons moved to Coronado once again to live out their lives. Lynn Mouton subsequently passed away from illness and Mouton then met and married Barbara Mouton. Capt. Mouton passed away in 2007.