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April, 1944


Coxswain, U. S. Navy

JOSEPH ERENE HENRY METIVIER was born on February 25, 1920, at Plainfield, Connecticut, and was killed in action March 10, 1943. He enlisted in the United States Navy at New Haven, Connecticut, on September 17, 1940, advanced to Coxswain, and served continuously until the time of his death.

Coxswain Metivier posthumously was awarded the SILVER STAR MEDAL with the following Citation:

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while attached to a United States warship in action against enemy forces. When a hostile Blockade Runner was intercepted and attacked, METIVIER, as a member of a boarding party attempting to salvage the vessel, displayed exceptional courage in the face of grave danger from threatening flames and the powerful explosions of demolition charges. While preparing to ascend the ladder of the Runner in order to assist in the hazardous salvage operations, METIVIER lost his life as the result of a sudden violent explosion. His exemplary conduct and heroic devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."

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