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Rodney Grant Mettner Jan. 21, 1929 Jan. 2, 2012 Rodney Mettner died peacefully at home in his sleep after a lengthy illness. His faithful terrier Jack was snuggled at his side. Rod was born in Knowlton, Wisconsin and raised in Cumberland and Baronett, Wisconsin where he helped run the family dairy farm. At age 18 he came to California to attend college and was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War. He served for three years in hand-to-hand combat earning two Distinguished Service Crosses, two Silver Stars and a Bronze medal with clusters, seven Purple Hearts plus numerous service awards. Rod was also awarded the Distinguished Military Service Medal with a Silver Star, the highest honor given by the Korean government, for his gallantry in action and keen judgement. After his discharge, he was honored in Washington D.C. by several Senators and was asked to speak at several functions of United Nations Associations. Rod was encouraged but declined to run for Congress. He was instrumental in helping revise the Army manual by instituting a requirement for commissioned officers to go through basic training. In his speech at a U.N. celebration in 1953, Rod expressed his pride in serving in the U.S. Army and further expressed that "in seeing the futility and paradox of warI certainly pledge my support to the cause of preventing warand of making men free." In 2003, Rod attended the 50th anniversary of the Korean Armistice and was honored by Henry Kissinger as an "Ambassador for Peace." He met and married Janet Jacobs in 1954 and they resided in southern California. They later moved to San Rafael and Rod held a position as partner in California Builders Hardware in San Francisco until his retirement. His true love was hunting, fishing, gardening, poker and the great outdoors. He was a longtime member of the Rod and Gun Club in San Rafael where he was held in high esteem. He leaves behind his wife Janet of 57 years, and three grown children ---- Suzanne Frazier, Rodney Mettner, and Roxane Elkin. He adored and will be missed by his six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 13, 1-3 p.m. at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rod's memory may be made to Hospice by the Bay, 17 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Jan. 5 to Jan. 11, 2012
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