Seth Hayden Matthews

Specialist Four
Army Of The United States
14 August 1947 - 23 October 1969
Merritt Island, FL
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Army Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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Seth, I knew you only for a short time, and that was many years ago. Although I was much younger than you, you were kind and patient and shared your joy of life with me as you would have with a life-long friend. I will always remember the tour of the Indian River in your folks' boat, and the trip to the drive-in when you were stuck "baby-sitting" me when our parents went out for a much deserved break from the kids.

You were the first person of our generation I ever knew to be taken away. I was still in High School, and at that time I did not even know you had gone to Viet Nam. My class was the last group to have anyone drafted into the service, and although I am thankful I was not called, I also thank you for answering the call for service to your country. I only regret the sacrifice you were asked to make.

There are few days that go by that I do not think of that beautiful day we attended your funeral - just the kind of day we both would have rather been out on the river. I had to grow up a lot that day, but I know you had to grow up much faster than me. I am sure your brother and family miss you terribly, and although I have not seen them since your funeral nearly thirty two years ago, I still mourn for them as well as you.

As I prepare to return to our beloved Merritt Island for my 30th High School reunion, I regret that this is only one of life's experiences you were not allowed to enjoy. Although we knew each other only briefly, I will never forget you.

Rest in Peace, my friend.

SP4 Seth Hayden Matthews III, a door gunner with the 25th Aviation Battalion,
was killed when his UH-1C (hull number 66-00683) was shot down.

A memorial from his Friend,
David K. Qualls, D V M
12595 Sweetwater Lane, Jacksonville, Florida 32218 
13 Jul 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)