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John H. Mathews  1931

Cullum No. 9320-1931 | 6/6/1944 | Died in Normandy
Normandy American Cemetery, France

 


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In the aftermath of war when the scar tissue of a year or so only has grown over the memory of the gallant soldiers who are no longer with us&mdash;obituaries have a tendency to be stilted pieces of exposition that never quite bring back the echo of laughter or the caliber of friendship.</p>
<p>
You may say that <em>John &ldquo;Hugh&rdquo; Mathews</em> prepped at Augusta Military Academy and played a saxophone in the band&mdash; that he was manager of the dance orchestra when he was at West Point, and you recapture somewhat the pattern of the boy growing up. Then you pass onward to the 14th Infantry in Panama and the 18th and the 16th from Hamilton to Devens to Blanding to Oran to Omaha Easy Red and the man is grown and the brief years are at hand to complete his destiny. Those years wind themselves out and there is a file forever in the records and a small niche in history on the altar of which lies Hugh&rsquo;s Distinguished Service Cross, his Silver Star and his Purple Heart.</p>
<p>
But somehow none of this is enough. Where is the half-embarrassed way he had of doing something kind for someone else? &lsquo;&lsquo;Look. He&rsquo;s different. He can&rsquo;t talk easily and some people say he&rsquo;s hard to get along with. But trolley him and you will find that he&rsquo;s a hell of a good guy.&rdquo; Now you begin to get Hugh back a little bit. Try it again; &ldquo;Come on, let&rsquo;s go to Winston Salem tonight. I hate to go out on weekends but I have to inspect the M.P. posts. It&rsquo;s a duty and what a pleasure!&rdquo; Where Hughie was there was usually a meal and an extra blanket and a telephone laid on. Always a good time and laughter and good company&mdash;because he was that kind of a soldier and that kind of a man. He&rsquo;d sit and watch your&nbsp;eyes when the talk got fast, and he&rsquo;d chew a straw or whittle and he&rsquo;d say &ldquo;You think that&rsquo;s right, I think that&rsquo;s right. Let&rsquo;s do that thing&rdquo;.</p>
<p>
He went on from Winston Salem to Gafsa and he led the forward elements in through the minefields and he went on from Gafsa to Troina in Sicily and he was becoming worn thin. He was tired, but he was still whittling and chewing a straw &ldquo;I thought these bastards would fold before this. Everybody&rsquo;s getting battle-wacky&rdquo;. Finally he got into Troina and the whole First Division was battle-wacky, so they drew it out to go to England to rest and retrain.</p>
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They were tired inside, worn thin in the fibers that shouldn&rsquo;t have too great a tolerance in youth&mdash;that should be tight and vibrant and strongly strung. But they were loose in those lads, and alone at night with no thinking but their own, they twanged and rattled through the memories of the past months. Axel Hill, &ldquo;Denny&rdquo; Fowler&mdash;the long roll of friends who&nbsp;lay all the way back to Oran&mdash;the hard bitten little group that was still around for the losing.</p>
<p>
This is the final chapter officially. &ldquo;... On the morning of 6 June, 1944, the 16th Infantry Regiment under the most adverse conditions assaulted the Coast of France near Colleville-sur-Mer ... a third of the assault waves were casualties ... men dragged themselves shoreward, leaderless.&nbsp;</p>
<p>
You know how it goes&mdash;they write them and rewrite them until they have almost got it down the way it was&mdash;but not quite. The thin brass wire of fear isn&rsquo;t there, the anguished scream of horror, the pure gold of indomitable military will.</p>
<p>
Hugh never hit the shore but he never knew what hit him and that is good after as much war as he had had. So the years will go on without him and without all the rest of that gay First Division crew who could take it in their time. But they won&rsquo;t go on forever because everybody catches up with their friends sooner or later and when you come around a bend some day, there will be Hughie chewing a straw and whittling beside the road; &ldquo;You think that&rsquo;s right. I think that&rsquo;s right. Let&rsquo;s do that thing&rdquo;.</p>
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<em>-V. W. B.</em></p>
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