Van METRE, Thaddeus, RADM

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

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1907
 
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Anderson, Ind.
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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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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.

   
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Fischer, Harry Frederick, CAPT, (1935-1970) Commander
Kinney, Sheldon, RADM, (1935-1972) Commander
MARCY, Lincoln, CDR, (1939-1959) Commander
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DuBose, Laurence Toombs, ADM, (1913-1955) OFF Vice Admiral
Burch, William Oscar, RDML, (1927-1962) OFF Captain
Chapple, Wreford Goss, RADM, (1930-1959) OFF 112X Captain
Kimmel, Thomas Kincaid, CAPT, (1936-1962) OFF 112X Captain
Abbot, Edward William, CAPT, (1934-1958) OFF 110X Commander
Clarey, Bernard, ADM, (1934-1973) OFF 112X Commander
Coe, Robert Wood, CAPT, (1941-1970) OFF 410X Commander
Mack, William Paden, VADM, (1937-1975) OFF 111X Commander
POLLARD, Joseph, CAPT, (1940-1968) OFF 210X Commander
Collins, Winifred, CAPT, (1942-1962) OFF 120X Lieutenant Commander
Craven, John Harold, CAPT, (1942-1973) OFF 410X Lieutenant Commander
Fitz-Patrick, Edward, CAPT, (1941-1962) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Robinson, Rembrandt Cecil, RADM, (1944-1972) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Shear, Harold Edson, ADM, (1941-1980) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Duacsek, Ada Lou Reed, LT, (1949-1957) OFF 110X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Pearce, Henry, CPO, (1943-1962) YN YN-2516 Chief Petty Officer
CLINTON, LARRY, SCPO, (1945-1965) DP DP-2741 Petty Officer First Class
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Low, Francis Stuart, ADM, (1915-1956) Vice Admiral
Kirtland, Frederick Darrel, VADM, (1916-1953) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Wellings, Augustus Joseph, RADM, (1919-1954) Rear Admiral Upper Half
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STONE, Frank, RADM, (1940-1970) Lieutenant Commander
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Pennypacker, Granville "Penny", CPO, (1946-1968) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class

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