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of the young who didn't grow
and how young they looked when they died,
and how no one
will ever remember them looking tired and middle-aged
or even be
bored by tiresome recitals of the time of their youth.
- - - - Russell Baker "How to
Observe Dec. 7" (NY Times, Dec. 1965)
Church Matthews' name is on the June 30, 1947 list compiled by the Adjutant General. It is not known if other deaths have been identified since then, nor if the names on the Adjutant General's list are spelled correctly (other unit lists have been found to have had omissions and mis-spellings). See the white box just below for how you can let me know about any errors you find.
I have checked all these names against the American Battle Monuments Commission's World War II Honor Roll web site. If you want to check a name on the Honor Roll, click here.
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So they will not be “Forgot”
There is a word
Which bears a sword
It hurls its barbed syllables,-
At once is mute again.
But where it fell
The saved will tell
On patriotic day,
Some epauletted brother
Gave his breath away.
Wherever runs the breathless sun,
Wherever roams the day,
There is its noiseless onset,
There is its victory!
Behold the keenest marksman!
The most accomplished shot!
Time’s sublimest target
Is a soul “forgot”!
----- Emily Dickinson
A Note for the Children of these Men
The American World War II Orphans Network (AWON) is an organization created by and for those who lost their father in World War II. AWON has an annual conference and a newsletter filled with useful information. Click here to go to the AWON web page and find those who share your experience.
7th Armored Division Headquarters and Headquarters Company Overseas Deaths in World War II
- Matthews, Col. Church M. (O-017 129) - Battery unknown
- Died: December 17, 1944 - vic. Recht, Belgium
- Last Duty Location: vic. Recht, Belgium
- MOS: unknown
- Home State: KY
- Buried at: Henri-Chapelle, Belgium USMC A-2-2
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