Mark Matthews was an American veteran of the Second World War and a Buffalo Soldier. Born in Alabama and growing up in Ohio, Matthews joined the 10th Cavalry Regiment when he was only 15 years old, after having been recruited at a Lexington, Kentucky racetrack and having documents forged so that he appeared to meet the minimum age of 17. While stationed in Arizona, he joined General John J. Pershing’s Mexico expedition to hunt down Mexican general Pancho Villa. He was later transferred to Virginia, where he took care of President Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor’s horses and was a member of the Buffalo Soldiers’ drum and bugle corps. In his late 40s, he served in combat operations in the South Pacific during World War II and achieved the rank of first sergeant. He was noted as an excellent marksman and horse showman.
|Born:||August 7, 1894, Greenville, Alabama|
|Died:||September 6, 2005, (aged 0 days), Washington, D.C.|
|Place of burial:||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance:||United States of America|
|Service/branch:||United States Army|
|Years of service:||1910–1947/9|
|Battles/wars:||Pancho Villa Expedition, World War I, World War II, Battle of Saipan|
About Mark Matthews
African-American U.S. Army First Sergeant who served in the South Pacific during World War II.
He began serving in the 10th Cavalry Regiment when he was fifteen years old.
He served as a Buffalo Soldier in a Virginia-based drum and bugle corps and, during this period, also cared for horses owned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
He was married to Genevieve Hill Matthews for fifty-seven years. Mrs. Matthews died in 1986, and Sgt. Matthews died of pneumonia two decades later, at the age of 111. The couple had five children and nine grandchildren.
He served early in his career in a Mexican military campaign led by John J. Pershing.
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