JOHN J. METSCHL, CDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: October 15, 1963
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

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From the 1946 Lucky Bag:

John James Metschl

Buffalo, New York

Hidden Irish in Jack asserted itself when he became thoroughly aroused; however, he was usually easy-going and congenial. Although a promising track man during plebe year, "J. J." later devoted his time to dragging, sailing, and the Movie Gang. Academics never bothered him, and for one who had a reputation as a slash, he spent many hours on his sack. Few men complained more about dragging a la Annapolis; nevertheless every hop found him present. Jack's foremost ambition will be realized when he can set foot upon one of Uncle Sam's new CL's.

The Class of 1946 was graduated in June 1945 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

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.

Other

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

Note

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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