Honoring Jim Matthews, Jr.by Representative Bennie G. Thompson
Posted on 2013-02-25
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 25, 2013
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a
remarkable veteran, John Matthews, Jr. He is a lifelong resident of the
Mr. Matthews was drafted to serve in the United States Army after graduating from Alcorn State University and becoming a licensed educator.
Mr. Matthews served during the time of the Vietnam Conflict and was a member of the 258th Personnel Service Company and the 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. He earned the rank of Sergeant Major and after serving our country for 30 years he retired with an Honorable Discharge. Upon completion of his tour of duty, Mr. Matthews returned to the Mississippi Delta and was a business manager, educator and cancer research assistant.
Mr. Matthews has stated that his service to America taught him discipline and leadership skills, and gave him the opportunity to travel and interact with various ethnic groups around the world.
Mr. Matthews wanted to continue his contact with fellow veterans so he became a member of the American Legion Post 206 in Indianola, Mississippi. In 2010 he was elected to serve as Vice Commander of VFW Post 206. He serves in other leadership roles as Chairman of the Sunflower Humphreys Counties Progress, Inc; Head Start Policy Council; Chairman of the Sunflower County Democratic Executive Committee; Community representative of the Sunflower County Crime Stoppers Program and Deacon at Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Mr. Matthews is married to Ms. Gwendolyn Goines-Matthews. His life motto is from Robert E. Lee: ``First be sure you're right, and then proceed''.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Mr. John Matthews for his dedication to serving our great country.