From a contemporary press report:
Metro Horoschak, 87, a Navy Lieutenant Commander who worked for 30 years as a Washington-based stockbroker after his military retirement, died of colon cancer April 15, 2002, at his home in Arlington, Virginia.
Commander Horoschak was born in Buckley, Washington, and grew up in Pennsylvania. He began his military career in the early 1930s with the Army Air Forces, then in 1937 enlisted in the Navy. As the son of Russian immigrant parents, he had grown up speaking Russian. During World War II, he was assigned to the office of the naval attache at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. In this assignment, his work included matters related to trans-Atlantic convoys to the Soviet Union from the United States. He also assisted in operations that helped break the Nazi siege of Stalingrad in January 1943.
He was commissioned an officer after the war. Subsequent assignments included duty with the Military Sea Transportation Service in Korea and Okinawa and service as executive officer of a troop transport. He was an administrative officer in Charleston, S.C., and served in Iceland and Washington. He settled in the Washington area in 1958.
In 1964, he retired from the Navy, then worked as a stockbroker for Bellamah Neuhauser & Barrett.
His wife of 50 years, Anna Horoschak, died last autumn.
Survivors include a son, Theodore Horoschak of Arlington; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.
HOROSCHAK, METRO, LCDR U.S. Navy (Ret.)
On Monday, April 15, 2002. Devoted husband of the late Ann Horoschak; loving father to Theodore and his wife, Patricia A. Horoschak; beloved brother of Virginia Heacock, Steve Swantz and Alex Swantz of Washington State; cherished grandfather of Samantha Horoschak; great-grandfather of Annapearl Stevenson.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, at St. Mark's Orthodox Church, 7124 River Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817. Interment 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, Arlington National Cemetery, where friends can meet at the Administration Building at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of Northern Virginia, 9300 Lee Hwy., Suite 500, Fairfax, Va 22031 or St. Mark's Orthodox Church.
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