Black Sheep Hero of WWII Passes Away

Brigadier General Bruce J. Matheson passed away on January 29 at age 87. Gen. Matheson was a member of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 during World War II – better known as the Black Sheep Squadron. Flying under the legendary “Pappy” Boyington, he had several confirmed and probable kills.

General Matheson spoke of Boyington, and his experience with the Black Sheep on a previous episode of Veterans Chronicles (Click to listen). Matheson also appeared with several of the remaining Black Sheep at the AVC’s 2007 conference.

Gen. Matheson remained in the Marines after World War II. He flew night escort for Air Force bombers in Korea. He also fought in Vietnam, flying about 400 missions with Huey helicopters. He is the recipient of a Purple Heart, three Legions of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses and over 30 Air Medals.

Read more about Gen. Matheson.

Members of the Black Sheep sharing at the American Veterans Center's 2007 conference.

Members of the Black Sheep sharing at the American Veterans Center's 2007 conference.

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2 Comments on “Black Sheep Hero of WWII Passes Away”

  1. Enna Says:

    I never knew this, now I need to wikipedia this. Thanks!


  2. Thank you, General Matheson, and to all of those who have served and continue to serve our country. My deep gratitude, appreciation and respect.


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