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Sgt James Leonard Matthews
Birth: Oct. 6, 1944
Illinois, USA
Death: May 10, 1968, Vietnam

MILITARY:
United States Army
Staff Sergant
July 29, 1967 - Started Tour

CAUSE OF DEATH:
James served with E Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment beginning his tour on July 29, 1967. On May 10, 1968, E troop and most of 2nd Squadron were working out of our Regimental basecamp, east of Saigon when James' ACAV, E35, hit a mine just south of the basecamp. The ACAV hit the mine just off the road and landed upside down on James killing him instantly. The other crew members were pretty badly shaken up, but not too seriously hurt.

POSTHUMOUS AWARDS:
April 18, 1968
Army Commendation Medal For Heroism
For distinguishing himself in connection with military operations against a hostile force on January 6, 1968, while serving as a point man.

Bronze Star
For meritorious service for 29 July 1967 to 10 May 1968


VIRTUAL WALL LINK:
His memorial page can be viewed at
http://www.virtualwall.org/dm/MatthewsJL01a.htm

SOURCES:
http://www.vetfriends.com/memorial/honoree.cfm?hindex=54344&user_ID=

5-20-1968 - Chicago Tribune
James Leonard Matthews Obituary 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Samuel A Matthews (1914 - 1985)
  Katherine C Matthews (1917 - 1996)
 
Inscription:
JAMES L MATTHEWS
ILLINOIS
S SGT TRP E 2 SQ 11 ARMD CAV
VIETNAM BSM PH
OCT 6 1944 MAY 10 1968
 
Burial:
Chapel Hill Gardens South
Oak Lawn
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Old Rugged Cross, Lot 239-C, Grave 3
 
Created by: GeneaProtector
Record added: Jun 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19720419
Sgt James Leonard Matthews
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Sgt James Leonard Matthews
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- GeneaProtector
 Added: May. 11, 2013

- Bettie
 Added: Mar. 19, 2013
I served with James in E Troop 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam.
- Larry Cofty
 Added: Mar. 14, 2013
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