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Alexander Edward and Willem Metz papers

Identifier: IHRC3142


Biographical materials.


  • Creation: 1905-1962

Language of Materials

Estonian, English, Russian


Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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10.08.1882-15.09.1962 East Orange, NJ Born in Tallinn, Estonia. Wife: Irene Metz (married in 1913, Estonian, 1887-1941); adopted son, Irene's relative: Wassili Sepp, adopted as Willem Metz (1923-1944). Joined the Russian Volunteer Fleet in 1902 and participated in Russian-Japanese War. In 1904 was discharged from Fleet Steamer "Smolensk", capacity of Engineer of the II class. In 1906 went to the U.S as zivilian and worked in the machine-building industry as a labourer, foreman and superintendent. 1917 American naturalization. 1917-1938 served in the U.S Navy, Lieut. Honorably discharged in 1946 after WWII, last employment as senior inspector mechanical ship constructions US Navy (Office of the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, New York) Willem Metz 26.08.1923-29.05.1944 Born in Torgu vald, Saaremaa, Estonia (until 1932 Wassili Sepp) Adopted by Alexander E. and Irene Metz in 1932 in U.S. Went to elementary school in Teaneck, NJ and graduated Teaneck High School in 1940. From 1940 served in U.S. Air Force, later as Techical Sergeant. Received Air Medal, Purple Heart, Gold Star Lapel and other awards. He perished in WWII.


2.5 linear inches


Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2009. Gristel Ramler and Birgit Nurme of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.

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