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Marvin E. Metzler
Warrant Radio Electrician

USS Salt Lake City CA25

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USS SLC Officers...Marvin E. Metzler, Warrant Radio Electrician

US FLAG Marvin E. Metzler passed away on Aug. 16th, 2012. Information from son, Michael E. Metzler

I enlisted in the service on July 7th, 1937 & went to boot camp in San Diego, CA. and boarded the SLC in Nov. of 1937 in Long Beach, CA. and left her just after the Battle of Cape Esperance on Oct. 1, 1942 right after I made Warrant Radio Elect.

While serving on the SLC I was a S2c to S1c in the 2nd Division [Deck]. Then S1c to RM3c, RM2c, RM1c, Warrant RE under Captain Ellis M. Zacharias & Captain Ernest G. Small.

I was a part of the Feb. 1, 1942 Marshall Island Battles, Feb. 24th Wake Island bombardment. I was with the SLC when she escorted carriers on the Doolittle raid on Tokyo. On Aug. 7-9, 1942, we covered landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi. On Sept. 15th, 1942 we rescued over 800 survivors from the USS WASP when she was torpedoed and sunk.

I was there on Oct. 11-12, 1942 during the Battle of Cape Esperance in the slot near Guadalcanal near midnight. We took on three major caliber hits, lost 5 crewmen and 21 were wounded.

Just after the battle, our Radio Electrician came into the Radio Shack while I was supervising the watch and threw his hat across the room and said "here just made Warrant Officer". Boy... was I ever surprised.

My brother, ball-red-02 Deceased Lawrence C. Metzler, a Firecontrolman [FC1c], had reported aboard the SLC on Dec. 22, 1940 at Pearl Harbor. During the Cape Esperance Battle he was in the foretop assisting in controlling the 8" guns on target when an 8" Jap cruiser shell hit us and killed our Chief Firecontrolman, ball-red-02 Deceased Harold E. "Gus" Kronquist, standing next to him. he took over fire control and sunk the Jap cruiser and auxiliary ships. He was awarded the Bronze Star after he was transferred to Washington.

After making Warrant Officer I was transferred to the US merchant marine Academy in Long Island to teach midshipmen electronics communication. I was there for about a year. My wife, Venita and I lived in Bayside. The next assignment was at the US Naval Research Lab. in Washington, DC. I had just made Ensign and the duties there were to learn Electronics [can you believe that?]. I spent a bout a year there and it was tough.

My next assignment was on Jan. 23, 1945. Radio, Radar, Officer "C" Division aboard the light cruiser SANTA FE CL60. I reported aboard in Ulithi Atoll. I met my brother Larry there on MogMog. He was then Asst. Gunnery officer on the battleship USS SOUTH DAKOTA.

I was promoted to Lt. [jg] on Oct. 1, 1944 and saw action on Oct. 24-15, 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. We escorted for 6 air strikes in the Philippines up to Dec. 14-16, 1944. Then 6 more air strikes on Formosa, Luzon, Indo China etc. up until Jan. 21st, 1945. Then the Iwo Jima bombardment from Jan. 19th to 25th, 1945. Tokyo Air strike Feb. 25-16, 1945, then the Okinawa Operation.

Off Kyushu, Shikokv, we went alongside the USS FRANKLIN and took off about 800+ officers and sailors. It took us about 3 hours. Then we escorted her back to Pearl Harbor. We spent from April 10th to July 26th, 1945 in San Pedro getting repaired from the damage we received alongside the carrier. Then back to Japan for Occupation duties.

Sasebo, Nagasaki, Wakayama, Tokyo, Ominato, Otaru, Hokodate, Aomori, and again to Ominato. This took us from Sept. 21st to Nov. 14th, 1945. I left the SANTA FE on Dec. 2, 1945 at San Francisco, CA. I was crossing the Bay Bridge when I observed her going out to sea again.

On Feb. 1st, 1946 I reported to the Calif. Division of Highways District VI in Fresno, CA. I worked as a clerk to start with, went up through the ranks again. Delineator, Senior Delineator, Chief Draftsman & Office Engineer. I retired at the age of 55 in July of 1975. My lovely wife Venita & I have 2 children, Connie, a retired teacher & a son, Michael, Electronics Engineer. Both have Masters Degrees.

Our lovely home is halfway between South Lake Tahoe & Sacramento, CA.

Marvin E Metzler

Signed a letter in regards to the death of Harold E. "Gus" Kronquist, 1942
SLC Deck Log Dec. 1942

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gem Lawrence C. Metzler, CFC
gem Secretary of the Navy
gem Note from President George Bush-1991
gem Department of the Navy
Pictures & Articles
gem Labor of Love
gem Marvin E. Metzler's WWII Sea Battle Chart
gem J. L. Edwards, RM2c
gem Lee Falwell, Lt.
gem Robert W. Harris, Jr., CRM
gem E. S. Gwin, RM2c
gem Captain Ellis M. Zacharias & Unidentified War Correspondent...Robert Casey?
gem Captain Ellis M. Zacharias -Feb. 23, 1942
gem Metzler Family
gem Charles V. McKenney, SK1c
gem Group of USS SLC Sailors Taking the "Colors", April 18, 1942-Group ID#166
gem Various pictures of Shipmates
gem Edward Ezra Miller, RM3c...SLC Plank Owner
gem Robert "Ace" DuVal-1940 All-Navy Lightweight Champ
gem Church A. Chappell, Navigator & William "Bill" J. Hess, Comdr.
gem Rope Yarn - "1941"
gem Signalman Gang, 1940-Group ID#144

gem Former Tech Student, Marvin E. Metzler, urges continued strong effort on home front-1942

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