SGT Charles Crockett Matthews, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Clyde, North Carolina.
Sergeant Charles Crockett Matthews was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SGT Matthews served our country until August 13th, 1969 in Bing Hoa, South Vietnam. He was 22 years old and was married. It was reported that Charles died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. Charles was born on December 26th, 1946 in Clyde, North Carolina. SGT Matthews is on panel 19W, line 032 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.
I remember that your mother was a school teacher at Clyde. I graduated from Clyde High School in 1956 and went off to the Air Force. I thank her also, she must have suffered a terrible loss when she lost you. God bless both of you. James H. Brown, MSGT, USAF(ret), [email protected]
I still miss you every day of my life, even though it has been 37 years ago that you left for Vietnam and never returned. We shared so many beautiful memories together and those will always be etched in my heart along with your love. I know that when I arrive in Heaven you will be there to meet me with those same loving arms that held me for so many years. Our love was meant to last throughout eternity. I am so thankful that God brought you and I together 41 years ago this month. You hold such a special place in my heart and I will always be so proud of you as a person and as a soldier. Being a part of the 11th Armored Cavalry was a special honor for you, even though it would mean giving your life. I know that you are with our Heavenly Father in Heaven looking down on me each day and I strive to make you proud of me, just as I was and still am proud of you. Knowing that I will be able to look into your beautiful brown eyes again and see that wonderful smile, keeps me going each day. Thank you for the special memories we shared and for the special sparkle which remains in my heart. Happy 59th birthday, Charles. You are always in my heart every day and I wish for you a very Happy Birthday in Heaven today. Someday we will be able to celebrate our birthdays together. I will always love you. Love, your wife Mary Matthews Singleton, Clyde, NC, [email protected]
Classmate, neighbor and friend: I will never forget my friend Charles. His sister and parents lived 2 houses down from my family. We were the same age and went to school, all 12 grades together. We attended church, joined the Boy Scouts, played football, and rode our bikes to the dairy bar on Sundays. I was in Vietnam at the time of his death, but was never told until I returned. I will never forget how hard it was for my Mom to tell me about my good friend. I will never forget Charles. He was a good and decent and honorable young man, whose friendship I miss. Joe Williams, Joe, Clyde NC 28721, [email protected]
He is the Son of Mr Charles Clifford Matthews and Mrs Nell Campbell Matthews, Clyde, NC.
He served with Delta Company, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, "Black Horse", USARV.
He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
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