Thomas T. Matteson

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Thomas T. Matteson
Born (1935-06-15) June 15, 1935 (age 81)
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Allegiance United StatesUnited 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]

Childhood home and education[edit]

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]

Other billets[edit]

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]

Decorations and awards[edit]

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]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Coast Guard Academy Chief to Head Merchant Marine Academy". The Associated Press. 1992-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Stewart Named Superintendent of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy". PR Newswire. 1998-06-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Matteson To Be Superintendent of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy". PR Newswire. 1992-12-24. 
  5. ^ official USCG biography
  6. ^ [2] See also
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Paul L. Krinsky, USMS

US Merchant Marine Academy

Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Joseph D. Stewart, USMS