Nathanial Carl Matthews was born on September 20, 1949. His family lived in West Chester. He was one of six children. Their mother, Maybelle (nicknamed “Billy”) worked hard to support her family, often working several jobs.
Nathanial attended Henderson High School and played on the varsity soccer team. During his senior year, the team won the Southern Chester County Championship for the 7th straight year. He graduated in 1967, and then attended Lincoln University for two years.
Nathaniel Matthews enlisted in the Army entering service on July 18, 1969. After basic training he was sent to Vietnam, commencing his tour on February 1, 1970. He served with troop B, 3rd Squadron, 5th Calvary, 101st Airborne Division. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) denotes Armored Cavalry Crewman.
Nathaniel Matthews was Killed in Combat by small arms fire on August 10, 1971, in the Quang Tri province in the northern area of the South Vietnam.
Funeral services were held at the Bethel AME Church in West Chester on August 20th. Services were also held by Headquarters Company, USA, Indiantown Gap, Military Reservation, Annville. Specialist 5th Nathaniel Carl Matthews was buried in Glenwood Memorial Park in Broomall.
Nathaniel’s younger brother Edward, became a nuclear cardiologist in Columbus, Georgia, dedicating his practice to his brothers memory. His sister Debbie, named their first born after Nate.