1st Lieutenant Thomas Winfred Matthews, Jr. was born on August 11, 1948, and was originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Army with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, as an infantry unit commander. His tour in Vietnam began on March 26, 1970. Less than two months later, 1st Lt. Matthews was the victim of an explosion while with his company in Cambodia, on May 13, 1970. 1st Lt. Matthews is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 10W, Line 35. The following is a tribute to 1st Lt. Matthews:

Richard Hill
Dear Lieutenant Matthews, For 33 years, you were the only man who was killed in Charlie Company, 2/12 whose name I knew. I’ve thought about that day a lot since then and I’m very sorry you had to die in Cambodia. We didn’t even get a chance to know you. The subscription to the Saber you bought for us still kept coming for the rest of my tour. You were a good officer, sir. I wish you peace L-T and pray you are in the sight of God. – 5-9 Arry
Saturday, November 08, 2003

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