Van Metre, Thaddeus, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1957-1959, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
Service Years
1930 - 1959
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home Town
Anderson, IN
Last Address
Winston-Salem, NC

Date of Passing
Jun 06, 2003
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US Navy Retired 30

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Thaddeus Johnson Van Metre

He was born May 2, 1907, in Anderson, Ind., to Thaddeus J., who died 17 days after his birth, and Sarah E. Van Metre. 

Rear Admiral Van Metre was educated in the Indiana Public Schools, George Washington University, The U.S. Naval Academy and did postgraduate work at The Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He served on the cruiser Detroit, Battleship Pennsylvania and various other destroyers in the Atlantic and Pacific until 1937. He was married Nov. 20, 1938, to Madeliene M. McCormick in Philadelphia, Pa., while serving on the staff of Commandant 4th Naval District. He left immediately for a two-year tour of duty on the Asiatic Station on the coastal gunboat, USS Tulsa. He was evacuated from Hong Kong in December 1940 with his wife and 1-year-old son, Brian. He was ordered to precommission detail for the Battleship USS North Carolina at the Naval Yard in Brooklyn, N.Y., and received favorable impressions of the N.C. Governors Delegation to the commissioning of the battleship on April 9, 1941, influencing his decision to retire in 1960 in N.C. He served during the war on the USS North Carolina until October 1944 in various assignments, the last two years as Navigator. He received the Bronze Star with Combat Citation and commanded USS Hillary P. Jones and a destroyer squadron in the Pacific until war's end. His postwar duties included Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren, Va., Command of the USS Kenebec transporting oil from the Persian Gulf to the Philippines, Japan, Alaska and the West Coast. His shore duties include the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., Senior Naval Officer as Chief of Military Assistance Group, Lisbon, Portugal, and the staff of CNO Washington, and Commander Service Squadron of 29 ships. He commanded The Naval Base at Norfolk, Va., and the U.S. Naval Station until he physically retired in November 1959. He accepted a position with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and moved there in 1960. He was appointed by the governor to establish the N.C. Advancement School and by the mayor to chair the Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Development. He served on the boards of Centenary United Methodist Church, The Retired Officers Association and Rotary Club.

Rear Admiral Thaddeus J. Van Metre, USN Retired, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. 
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Thaddeus Van Metre receives Bronze Star with Combat Citation: 

Capt. T. J. Metre, USN, Awarded the Bronze Star (then LCdr) for "meritorious service in connection with operations against the enemy as navigator of the USS North Carolina from May 27 to Oct. 3, 1944, in the Pacific areas in action against repeated day and night attacks by enemy aircraft."

Presented in June 1946 by Admiral C. T. Joy.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Kennebec (AO-36)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)US Defense Attache Office  (USDAO), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1930-1931, USS Detroit (CL-8)
  1933-1935, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1937-1938, 4th Naval District
  1938-1941, Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
  1941-1944, USS North Carolina (BB-55)
  1944-1946, USS Hilary P. Jones (DD-427)
  1946-1949, Naval Weapons Lab Dahlgren (NWL-Dahlgren)
  1949-1950, USS Kennebec (AO-36)
  1950-1952, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1953-1954, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO) Lisbon, Portugal
  1954-1956, CNO - OPNAV
  1957-1959, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Japan
 Colleges Attended 
George Washington UniversityUnited States Naval AcademyIndustrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
  1925-1926, George Washington University
  1926-1930, United States Naval Academy
  1935-1937, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Rear Admiral Thaddeus J. Van Metre, USN Retired1
  Jun 05, 1930, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 05, 1933, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 30, 1938, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Oct 15, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Dec 15, 1945, Promoted to Captain
  Feb 03, 1977, T. J. Van Metre Oral History Interview
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United States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
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