|Thomas T. Matteson|
|Born||June 15, 1935|
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
|Years of service||1957-1998|
|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.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.
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Matteson is a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1957.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.
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US Merchant Marine Academy
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