Matta, Charles V

Charles V. Matta was born on February 13, 1925 to Walter and Gertrude Matta, who lived in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. His father immigrated from Czechoslovakia in 1902. His wife’s parents immigrated from Poland. Charles was one of twelve children.

Charles graduated from the Holy Trinity parochial school and later attended Phoenixville High School. Charles worked at Mrs. Hubbell’s Town Talk.

Charles was inducted into the Army in March, 1944 and received training at Camp Wheeler, Georgia.  Arriving in England in November, after further training, he was sent into battle, serving with the First Army.
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Private First Class Charles Matta was Killed In Action on March 11, 1945, in Germany. He was buried in the Henri Chapelle Military Cemetery in Belgium, with a Catholic priest presiding.

His Regimental Commander, Colonel CM Willingham, wrote to the family, that Charle’s death was instant. He wrote of their son’s devotion to duty. He further corresponded “Your son was a man, who wasn’t satisfied with just the best: he wanted to do better regardless of how well he did the job.”

 In 1947, Charles was disinterred and transported back to the US aboard the SS Robert Burns. Services were held at the family’s home on December 12th, with a High Requiem Mass at the Holy Trinity Church. Burial was at the church's Cemetery with full military honors.

 His brother, Thomas also served in the Army during the war.


Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC