James Leonard Matthews
"I just came across proof that James Leonard Mathews' (5-10-68) name is misspelled
on the Wall and is not listed with your list of known misspellings."
-- Larry Cofty, 05/14/2012
Further correspondence confirmed the last name change and it was completed May 2, 2013. SSG
Matthews name on The Wall in Washington at panel 58E, line 11 is Mathews and no known request has been made by
family to have a new name re-inscribed.
On April 18, 1968, then SGT Matthews was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for
heroism ("V" device) for distinguishing himself in connection with military operations against a hostile force
on January 6, 1968, while serving as a point man.
SSG Matthews is buried in Lightsville cemetery, Leaf River Illinois along with his mother, Katherine C Matthews and his father, Samuel A Matthews. At the time of his death, SSG Matthews' parents were living in Worth, Illinois.
-- The Virtual Wall, May and June 2013
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