T. J. Van Metre Papers, 1942-1944

Manuscript Collection #331

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: T. J. Van Metre Papers
    Creator: Van Metre, T. J. (Thaddeus Johnson), 1907-2003
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1942–1944) consisting of personal correspondence, photographs, officer data card, typescript history of the USS North Carolina, benefits from insurance.
    Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 141 items , consisting of personal correspondence, photographs, an Officer Data Card, and a typescript history of the USS North Carolina.
  • Description

    For the most part the material consists of correspondence (1942-1944) written from aboard the USS North Carolina. These letters provide insight into shipboard life during World War II. Running throughout the papers are comments on the North Carolina, officers, films, and liberties taken. Van Metre's papers vividly illustrate the psychological problems associated with war: death, boredom, depression, liberty, leisure activities to relieve the monotony, homesickness, etc. Also of interest are comments on the outcomes of the battles of Guadalcanal and Tunisia (January 1942; May 1943), a war bond drive aboard the North Carolina that raised $100,000 (October 1942), benefits of military insurance policy (January 1943), and the setting up of a traffic organization for American Export Airlines in England (July 1943).

    A typescript history of the USS North Carolina is also included. This document reflects most aspects of the ship's career.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Thaddeus Johnson Van Metre (b. 1907) was a 1930 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Among his ship commands were the Hilary P. Jones (1944–1946) and the Kennebec (1949–1950). Admiral Van Metre also commanded Service Squadron 42 and the Naval Station, Norfolk (1957-1959) prior to retiring in 1959. During World War II he served in various capacities aboard the USS North Carolina (1941–1944).

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    February 8, 1977, 141 items; Papers (1942-1944) consisting of personal correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous. Gift of Rear Admiral T.J. Van Metre, Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Rear Admiral T. J. Van Metre

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    T. J. Van Metre Papers (#331), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by B. Herring, April 1978

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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