Van METRE, Thaddeus, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1959, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
Service Years
1930 - 1959
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home Town
Anderson, Ind.
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Jun 06, 2003
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 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni Association
  1930, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page

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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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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyIndustrial College of the Armed Forces (Faculty Staff)NAVSEASYSCOM/Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)
USS Kennebec (AO-36)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)/US Defense Attache Office  (USDAO)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1926-1930, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1930-1932, USS Detroit (CL-8)
  1933-1935, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1935-1937, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Faculty Staff)
  1937-1938, 4th Naval District
  1938-1940, USS Tulsa (CA-129)
  1941-1944, USS North Carolina (BB-55)
  1944-1945, USS Hilary P. Jones (DD-427)
  1946-1948, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)/NSWC Dahlgren Division
  1949-1950, USS Kennebec (AO-36)
  1951-1953, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1954-1955, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO)/Lisbon, Portugal
  1956-1957, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)/Commander, Special Service Squadron
  1958-1959, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
 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
  Feb 03, 1977, T. J. Van Metre Oral History Interview
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