|Death: ||Jan. 29, 2009|
Youngest member of the famed "Black Sheep" squadron under the command of Maj. Greg Boyington — who was later awarded the Medal of Honor, and whose exploits inspired the 1970s TV show "Baa Baa Black Sheep." On Oct. 17, 1943, Matheson shot down a Japanese Zero in the Solomon Islands. He was hit with shrapnel in his legs but was able to land his damaged F4U Corsair. By the end of his second Black Sheep tour, Matheson had three confirmed kills and one-and-a-half "probable" kills. Matheson also confirmed Boyington's final aerial victory before Boyington was shot down. The Black Sheep brought down 97 Japanese aircraft — 95 of which were fighters — and received a Presidential Unit Citation. Matheson later flew night escort for Air Force bombers in an F3D Skyknight in Korea, and had about 400 missions flying Huey helicopters in Vietnam. He received three Legions of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, more than 30 Air Medals and a Purple Heart.
Some sources list him as a brigadier general, while others say he retired as a colonel. The official U.S. Marine Corps site does not list him among general officers, so this bio lists him as a colonel.
At his request, Matheson had no funeral service. Due to this and absence of burial information, FinaGrave likely will not allow him to be listed as "Famous," be he certainly was. And is.
Specifically: No funeral by request, no burial info.
Created by: John Andrew Prime
Record added: Feb 01, 2009
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You served our country faithfully. May we always cherish our freedom by honoring your memory. God bless you!|
Added: May. 28, 2011
Added: Oct. 6, 2009
Day is done....gone the sun...from the hills....from the lake...from the sky....All is well...safely rest....God is nigh...~~~~Go to sleep....peaceful sleep...may the soldier or sailor God keep....on the land or the deep...safe in sleep...~~~~Love, good n...(Read more)|
Thank You Col Bruce J. Matheson Sir!
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