From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Metschl '46

Date of birth: December 22, 1923

Date of death: October 15, 1963

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1946 Lucky Bag:


From The Bulletin of the U.S. Antarctic Projects Officer, Volume V, Number 3, November 1963:

Commander John J. Metsohel, USN, Commanding Officer of USS STATEN ISLAND, and Ensign James L. Wood, helicopter pilot, were killed on 15 October 1963 when their helicopter crashed and broke through the ice of the Beaufort See, north of Alaska. Neither body was recovered.

Commander Metschel and STATEN ISLAND participated in Operation DEEP FREEZE 63 in the Antarctic. During that operation, STATEN ISLAND assisted in opening a channel to McMurdo Station through record quantities of test bay ice and, later in the season, carried out a remarkable survey of the Palmer Peninsula area to determine the site for a new biology-geology station. At the time of Cocmiander Metschel's death, STATEN ISLAND was taking part in a scientific research project. His loss will be felt by the Navy, the cause of science, and the country which he served so well.

He was performing ice reconnaissance at the time.

Unable to find a memory marker.


He was executive officer of USS Charles H. Roan (DD 853) from 1954-1956 as a LT.


Several sources spell his last name "Metschel"; believe this is likely incorrect. Lucky Bag, Memorial Hall, and some sources spell it "Metschl."

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John is one of 35 members of the Class of 1946 in Memorial Hall.