CARL W. MATTHEWS, JR.
Born August 14, 1924
Carl Waymon & Velma Coleman Matthews
Dr. Harvey Lee and Mattie Belle Dempsey Matthews
Wiley Ausborn & Ollie Jane Bland Coleman
Matthews was born on Sycamore Street, Corsicana, Texas in the home
of his maternal grandparents. His parents lived next door in an
upstairs apartment in the J. J. Castles family home. After his
birth, his family moved to a single- family residence across from
the south side of The City Park. His Father was employed by the Ford
Motor Company of Corsicana. His mother was a housewife, after having
taught at the one room Brushie Prairie School located several miles
west of Corsicana.
Matthews was two when his father became a partner in Matthews Meat
Market at Dawson, Texas, his father’s hometown and, approximately,
twenty-five miles southwest of Corsicana. Matthews Market, operated
by his father’s brother, Fred Matthews, had been an ongoing business
for several years.
Matthews attended The Dawson School from 1930 until 1939 when the
family moved six miles west to Hubbard. Two years later, August,
1941, he enlisted in The United States Marine Corps, completed “Boot
Camp” at San Diego, California, and was assigned duty with The 8th
Marine Regiment, Camp Elliott, near San Diego.
The Second Marine Brigade, formed in less than a month following
Pearl Harbor, included the 8th Marine Regiment, and sailed from San
Diego January 6, 1941, first contingent of troops to leave the U. S.
following Pearl Harbor. Fourteen days later, the troops arrived at
Pago Pago, Samoa, to reinforce a Marine artillery battalion.
It was on the island of Samoa that Matthews contracted a
still-undiagnosed illness, and, weighing ninety-eight pounds, was
returned to California for treatment at a new Naval Hospital at
Corona, California. Following his release from the hospital,
Matthews served as a clerk-typist at Base Headquarters Company, San
During the summer of 1943, he completed the Marine Combat Training
School at Camp Elliott and was immediately assigned to G-Company,
23rd Regiment, 4th Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside,
February, 1944, he participated in the invasion of The Marshall
Islands and, later, completed more training on the island of Maui,
June 15, 1944, Matthews was in the first wave of Marines to land on
Blue Beach to begin the invasion of Saipan. Twenty-three days later
he was evacuated to the USS Samaritan hospital ship, transported to
a Mobile Navy hospital at Numea, New Caledonia where he received The
Purple Heart medal. After hospitalization in the states, he was
assigned to The Marine Air Base, Quantico, Virginia. He received a
medical discharge March 29, 1945.
Matthews returned home, and to Hubbard High School where he
graduated in May, 1945, at age twenty. He entered Baylor University
in June, married in December of the following year, completed
college in the fall of 1948, and was a teacher at Sinton, Texas,
January 1949. He enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary in the fall of 1950. He received a Masters of Theology in
1953 and a Masters of Religious Education, 1956.
Despite his background and training in an ultra conservative
environment, his theology today consists of three simple
statements: God is Love, God is Practical, Do Unto Others. He is
the sole member of The Episco- Shinto- Bapterian-Lutherite-Church,
Reformed…Sanctified, Unified, Satisfied.
He was owner, editor, and publisher of The Burleson Shoppers Guide
1952-1955; minister of Reeces Prairie Baptist Church, Burleson,
Texas, 1951-1955; summer missionary in The Bahama Islands, 1955. He
organized and served as Senior Minister of The Valwood Park Baptist
Church, Dallas, Texas, 1956-1962. He was Senior Minister of The
University Hills Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado, 1962-1965. His
marriage ended 1965.
He became associated with The American Heart Association in 1965 and
was assigned to Atlanta, Georgia. He remarried there in 1966. That
same year, he became Executive Director of two merging Heart
Chapters in Connecticut. Two years later, he was named Director for
a unit of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health.
During his residency in Connecticut, Matthews spoke in a number of
churches, served as interim and weekend minister, and completed
special studies at Columbia and Rutgers Universities. He and his
family toured Scotland and England in 1972 when he served as guest
minister at Kelvingrove Church, Glasgow. He and his wife spent a
similar five weeks in Ireland in 1995 with the St. Columbo Church at
He relocated in 1974 to Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as
Executive Director of the thirteen state Southern Area Alcohol
Education & Training Program, a federal program, that produced
printed and video training materials; designed and operated for two
years The Duke University Summer Institute of Alcohol Studies, .and
a similar program at Ohio State. While in Atlanta, he taught for six
years a one-hundred-fifteen member Men’s Bible Class.
Matthews entered the steel business in 1982 at College Station,
Texas. Five years later, STEELHAUS Buildings, relocated to Atlanta,
Georgia. The company designed, engineered, and shipped steel framing
packages for churches, homes, retail, schools, etc., in Texas,
Arkansas, New Jersey, Kentucky, the Carolinas, and Georgia.
Matthews and other Marines from G-Company gathered at Atlanta in
1995 where many saw each other for the first time in over a half
century. Additional reunions were held in Atlanta in 1997 and 1999.
A dwindling group, including Matthews, met in 2001 at Ft, Myers
Florida, the final gathering.\
His 1966 marriage to the former Elaine Kinney Farmer of Atlanta
ended with her death in 2001. Two years later, he relocated to
Dallas, Texas, to be nearer his two sons and their families, his
siblings, and many old friends.
2004….Matthews was among more than fifty veterans who returned to
Saipan to participate in the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of
The Battle of Saipan. It was on the morning of June 15, 1944 that
8,000 Marines landed in twenty minutes on two miles of beach. The
veterans were from all branches of the military, and included Paul
Tibbetts, pilot of the B-29 “Enola Gay,” that dropped the first
atomic bomb on Japan. Matthews remained on Saipan for a month, then
visited Japan briefly.
The following March and April, 2005, he spent forty-three days
traveling New Zealand, Australia, Western Samoa, American Samoa, and
Hawaii. When he returned home, he found an invitation from NHK TV of
Tokyo to participate in a WWII documentary in Japan and on Saipan.
He, as well, had an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the
ribbon-cutting of the new Museum and Visitors Center at American
Memorial Park at Saipan. He accepted both invitations and enjoyed
three weeks on Saipan and another visit to Japan.
The following year, 2006, he was invited to participate in an
English Language Program for Spanish business leaders in the
mountains between Madrid and Barcelona. Matthews stretched that
invitation into three months and visits to nine European
The following April, he left Dallas and began six months of travel
to England, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Poland,
Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany.
Matthews spends much of his time writing. His subjects include
genealogy; history of Western Navarro Co Texas; World War Two;
travel journals; and more. Excerpts of his book, “TEXAS Lies,
Legends, & a Little Gospel Truth, appeared weekly in two newspapers
in 2008. "THE FEATHER MERCHANT," his WWII experiences with the U.
S. Marine Corps, is being processed for publication.
He moved, December 2007, from a one bedroom condo near Southern
Methodist University to a quiet subdivision in a small town twenty
minutes southwest of downtown Dallas
Carl W Matthews
1130 Madlynne Dr
Cedar Hill TX 75104
who grew up in both Dawson and Hubbard, Texas, has received
confirmation from NHL TV, Japanese Public Television, that he
is to participate in a documentary commemorating the 60th
Anniversary of the end of WWII. Matthews, who now lives at
Dallas, Texas, leaves May 24 and will spend two weeks on the
of Saipan and two weeks
Matthews was a nineteen year old U S Marine in June 1944 when
his unit participated in the invasion of Saipan, then held by
carry with him a Japanese flag found during the battle. The
flag, filled with Japanese writing, was typical of many carried
by Japanese soldiers. The writings are said to be good wishes
from family and friends, and usually, bear the soldier’s name.
NHL TV will attempt to locate the soldier’s family in Japan and,
if located, Matthews will personally return the flag to the
family after sixty-one years.
also, attempt to locate the Saipan cliff where his platoon
leader, James Stanley Leary Jr., was killed July 8, 1944
Leary and Matthews were talking when Leary was hit by machine
gun fire. His body was never recovered.
a detailed account of the battle several years ago. The
account may be found on the USGenWeb site, Navarro Co.
Carl has submitted a very large number of files concerning the
history of Dawson and Western Navarro County. These files are located
through out the website but are all indexed at the [ Stories from
Dawson Texas Index ].