Thomas T. Matteson

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Thomas T. Matteson
Born (1935-06-15) June 15, 1935 (age 83)
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Allegiance Flag of the United States.svg United States of America
Service/branch USCG
Years of service 1957-1998
Rank Rear admiral
Commands held Superintendent, US Merchant Marine Academy
Superintendent, US Coast Guard Academy
Chief, Office of Personnel and Training, USCG
Battles/wars Cuban Missile Crisis (blockade)
Awards Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
United States Naval Aviator badge
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal

Rear Admiral Thomas T. Matteson (born June 15, 1935) was appointed Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the summer of 1993 and served in that position until his retirement in August 1998. [1] [2] [3] Matteson had served as superintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy from June 1989, prior to taking over as superintendent of the Merchant Marine Academy. [4]

United States Merchant Marine Academy

The United States Merchant Marine Academy, one of the five United States service academies, is located in Kings Point, New York. It is charged with training officers for the United States Merchant Marine, branches of the military, and the transportation industry. Midshipmen are trained in marine engineering, navigation, ship's administration, maritime law, personnel management, international law, customs, and many other subjects important to the task of running a large ship.

United States Coast Guard Academy The U.S. Coast Guards federal service academy

The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) is the service academy of the United States Coast Guard, founded in 1876 and located in New London, Connecticut. It is the smallest of the five federal service academies and provides education to future Coast Guard officers in one of nine major fields of study. Unlike the other service academies, the Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination for admission.


Childhood home and education

Matteson is a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1957. [4] Matteson subsequently received a master's degree in management science from the Naval Postgraduate School and later in 1977 graduated from the Air War College. [4]

Upper Sandusky, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Upper Sandusky is a city and the county seat of Wyandot County, Ohio, United States, along the upper Sandusky River, which flows north to Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie. The city is approximately 59 mi south of Toledo and 62 mi north of Columbus. The population was 6,596 at the 2010 census. The city was founded in 1843 and named for an earlier Wyandot Indian village of the same name, which was located nearby. It was named "Upper" because it is located near the headwaters of the Sandusky River;

A master's degree is an academic degree awarded by universities or colleges upon completion of a course of study demonstrating mastery or a high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. A master's degree normally requires previous study at the bachelor's level, either as a separate degree or as part of an integrated course. Within the area studied, master's graduates are expected to possess advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics; high order skills in analysis, critical evaluation, or professional application; and the ability to solve complex problems and think rigorously and independently.

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USCGC Castle Rock (WHEC-383).jpg

Thomas T. Matteson's first Coast Guard assignment was on the USCGC Castle Rock (WAVP-383), then, the cutter WHEC-383 (pictured at left), which was serving in the Atlantic Ocean. Later a USCG aviator and helicopter pilot, Matteson then entered flight training in 1961 at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. [5] [6] His subsequent assignments included postings at Coast Guard air stations in Miami, Port Angeles, Washington, and Puerto Rico, before being named chief of staff for the Eighth Coast Guard District, New Orleans in 1984. [4]

Atlantic Ocean Ocean between Europe, Africa and the Americas

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Decorations and awards

Thomas T. Matteson's decorations, awards and other honors include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the NAACP's Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award. [4]

Legion of Merit military award of the United States Armed Forces

The Legion of Merit (LOM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is issued to members of the seven uniformed services of the United States as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments.

Meritorious Service Medal (United States) military award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces

The Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) is a military award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the United States subsequent to January 16, 1969.

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  1. "Coast Guard Academy Chief to Head Merchant Marine Academy". The Associated Press. 1992-12-24.
  2. "Stewart Named Superintendent of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy". PR Newswire. 1998-06-24.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 "Matteson To Be Superintendent of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy". PR Newswire. 1992-12-24.
  4. official USCG biography
  5. See also
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Paul L. Krinsky, USMS

US Merchant Marine Academy

Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Joseph D. Stewart, USMS