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.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
T. J. Van Metre Papers (#331), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Rear Admiral T.J. Van Metre
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 U.S.S.
NORTH CAROLINA (1941-1944).
For the most part the material consists of correspondence (1942-1944) written from aboard the U.S.S.
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, and leisure activities to relieve the monotony, homesickness, etc. Also of interest are comments on the outcomes of the battles of Guadalcanal and Tunisia (Jan., 1942; May, 1943), a war bond drive aboard the
NORTH CAROLINA that raised $100,000 (Oct., 1942), benefits of military insurance policy (Jan., 1943), and the setting up of a traffic organization for America Export Airlines in England (July, 1943).
A typescript history of the U.S.S.
NORTH CAROLINA is also included. This document reflects most aspects of the ship's career.
For related material see collection #292 and Oral History Collections #24 and #41.