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Name: Kent Douglas Matthews
Panel/Line: 14W/42
Force: Army
Company: A
Rank: Corporal / Specialist Four
Pay Grade: E4
CAACF: 329404330
Home of Record: Clinton, IL
Birth Date: August 7, 1949
Race: Caucasian
Gender: M
Religion: Presbyterian
Married: Y
Death Date: January 18, 1970
Cause of Death: "ground casualty gun, small arms fire hostile";
Died in Long An at age 20
The body was recovered.
Kent Douglas Matthews

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In Memory of Kent Matthews

31st Infantry, 6th Battalion,

2nd Plt, Alpha

1969 - 1970

We were high school sweethearts from freshman year on, marrying one year after graduation in June 1968. Knowing his draft number was quickly approaching, Kent volunteered for the draft in October 1968, so that we could get on with our life.

Kent left for Vietnam in March 1969. I was fortunate enough to meet him in Hawaii for R & R in October 1969. On January 18, 1970, Kent was with only 64 more days tour of duty in Vietnam.

I am so thankful that I was able to spend those few years with Kent. He was a great friend and husband. He loved his country and felt it was his duty to serve. I am sure he was a good soldier.

Kent still lives deep in my heart and mind. I also think of his soldier friends often.

God Bless all of you who served!


Joann Matthews Manley