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Terry Matthews 1966
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About Terry: After graduation, Terry served from 1967-1970 in the United States Army - Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Grade, United States Army Aviation - Command helicopter pilot and chief instructor pilot for 41st Field Artillery Group Command Headquarters, 7th Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment stationed in Phu Cat II Corps area Republic of Vietnam 1969-1970 (18 months). He provided and coordinated critical combat flight operations during five campaign periods: TET 69 Counteroffensive, Vietnam Summer Fall 1969, Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970, DA Sanctuary Counteroffensive and the Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase VII. These actions resulted in group and regiment unit citation awards for the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, First Class Unit Citation and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation. Individual awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross (lost in clerical records after unit deactivation during Vietnam conflict stand down), Bronze Star (2) with Oak Leaf, 30 Air Medals, Army Commendation, National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, Expert Army Aviator Badge, Expert Marksman for rifle and pistol, and other miscellaneous ribbons.
Terry Matthew's Service Photo

In 1971, Terry's career was sidelined by automobile accident resulting in spinal cord injury. He enrolled at Henry Ford Community College, attending from 1972-1974, earning a degree in Architectural Construction Technology, graduating Magna Cum Laude. From 1974-1976, he worked in Nuclear Energy Structural Steel Construction at Moylan Engineering. In 1981 he was NASA Architectural Design Construction and Media coverage coordinator for the 1st Space Shuttle Flight.

From 1979-1989 he worked at the University of Texas System Cancer Center where he developed and maintained the first computerized purchasing system for the Biochemistry and Research department. From 1991-2006 he worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Healthcare Systems - Chief Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service. He is now retired with a medical disabilty and presently expanding architectural consulting services.


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