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John C. Metzler
Sergeant, United States Army 
Superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery
  "I will tell each person what I have told others in the past—that exactly who the men on the hill are is not as important as the fact that they are there. Being there, they are not only representative of other men who died unknown, but of all men who have fought for America. For that reason, they belong to all of us."

John C Metzler, Superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery 
Comment prior to burial of Unknown Soldiers of World War II and Korean War, May 1958


Born on May 8, 1909, he served in the Army during World War II and as Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery from 1951 to 1972.

Many will recall that he helped to preside over the interment of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, after having first helped to select the site for the President's grave.

He died on May 25, 1990 and was buried in Section 7-A of Arlington National Cemetery.

His son became Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery, after having lived within the confines of the Cemetery as a child, in January 1991.

NOTE:  Mr. Metzler's beloved wife, Bernadette, passed away in December 2009 and was laid to rest with her husband in Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, 16 December 2009.

Bernadette V. Metzler (Age 96) died December 8, 2009 in Maitland, Florida of natural causes.

"Bernie" was born December 20, 1912, in Brooklyn, NY to John and Matilda Moroney. In 1935, she graduated from St. Joseph''s College with a Bachelor''s Degree. In 1939, she married John C. Metzler, Sr. in New York City.

After World War II, Bernie and Jack moved to Virginia where Jack served as Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery from 1951-1972. They retired to Merritt Island, Florida in 1972.

Bernie is survived by four sons, eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A Roman Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at the Old Fort Myer Chapel on December 16, 2009 with interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.



JC Metzler Gravesite PHOTO
Photo (c) Michael Robert Patterson, Septemebr 1999

JC Metzler Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, July 2007

METZLER, JOHN C
SGT   US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/08/1909
DATE OF DEATH: 05/25/1990
BURIED AT: SECTION 7A  SITE 86 
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

METZLER, BERNADETTE
DATE OF BIRTH: 12/20/1912
DATE OF DEATH: 12/08/2009
BURIED AT: SECTION 7A  SITE 86 
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY 
 WIFE OF METZLER, JOHN C  SGT US ARMY  

Webmaster: Michael Robert Patterson



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JC Metzler Sr. Gravesite PHOTO June 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003