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Dennis Bradford's Distinguished Service Medal
John Matthew's Distinguished Service Medal
1stSgt John Matthews received the Distinguished Service Medal for his selflessness and dedication to veterans' service organizations. His mom and step-dad accepted the award on John's behalf at the 2008 Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

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1stSgt John Matthews

Selflessness is the hallmark of Marine Corps service. While serving in Iraq , Garrison native 1stSgt John W. Mathews III contacted the Pineywoods Detachment to ask if we would like to have a flag flown over Camp Raines , Iraq . 1stSgt Mathews learned that the detachment was delighted to receive such a gift.

In the relationship that followed 1stSgt Mathews not only sent a flag to the Marines of Pineywoods Detachment, but through his Marine contacts, he provided flags to five other veterans' organizations in Nacogdoches County . Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion , Vietnam Veterans of America , and the Purple Heart veterans all benefitted from his generosity.

1stSgt Mathews also joined the Marine Corps League. Now safely returned from Iraq and stationed at Camp Lejeune near Jacksonville , North Carolina , 1stSgt Mathews continues to communicate with the local Marine group.

In recognition of his selfless and dedicated service to the United States of America, the Marine Corps, and the veterans organizations in his East Texas home communities, we are proud to present the Marine Corps League Distinguished Service Medal - Bronze to 1stSgt John W. Mathews III.

Distinguished Service Medal
Dennis Bradford's Distinguished Service Medal