Mathews, John Hobert, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 1542, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1931 - 1944


Lieutenant Colonel

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cass, Pocahontas County
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II 1st Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 18th Infantry 1st Infantry Division1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment
  1931-1941, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment
  1941-1942, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry
  1941-1944, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
  1942-1944, 1542, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 World War II
  1942-1942 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)
  1942-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1928-1931, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

an excerpt from page 166 of the book "Omaha Beach, D-Day", by Joseph Balkoski, published by Stackpole Books


An advance party from the 16th Infantry's headquarters led by Lt Col John Matthews, the regiment's second-in-command, approached the Colleville draw in an LCM around 7:25AM.  The team's job was to set up a command post and organize the 16th Infantry's beachhead. As the LCM scraped bottom and its crew prepared to drop the ramp, Matthews shouted, "this is it; good luck!"


Advance CP, 16th Infantry, 1st Division

HQ Company, 16th Infantry, Morning Report for June 6, 1944

The Advance CP group in the LCM moved toward the beach in a rough sea, and upon nearing the beach encountered a considerable volume of artillery and machine gun fire.  The tide was at low ebb, and to reach the beach it was necessary to traverse a wide stretch of water, making way through various lines of beach obstacles fitted with mines .... As the men hit the water approximately waist-deep, machine gun fire swept the section, and a bullet tearing through Master Sergeant Carpino's gas mask struck Lt Col Matthews in the head.  Not knowing he was dead, Sgt Carpino, with much difficulty, got his body to shore only to learn that he had been killed instantly.  No actual CP functioning was possible.  The only interest on the crowed beach was to disperse the men and obtain as much cover as possible.

John H. Mathews

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Service # O-018626

16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: Florida
Died: 6-Jun-44
Buried at: Plot H Row 19 Grave 8
Normandy American Cemetery
Colleville-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart
Son of Jasper S and Lucy Ann (Gillespie) Mathews
Husband of Marie Delores (Coffey) Mathews
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