|Died||November 11, 1912 (aged 62–63)|
|Place of birth||Malta|
|Place of burial||Palmetto Cemetery Brunswick, Georgia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Rank||Captain of the Top|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Matthews was born 1849 in Malta. After immigrating to the United States, he joined the navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Constitution as captain of the top when, on February 13, 1879, he risked his life to cut the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains in a heavy gale. For his actions, he received the Medal of Honor on October 18, 1884.
He died November 11, 1912 and is buried in Palmetto Cemetery, Brunswick, Georgia.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy. Born: 1849, Malta. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884.
For courageous conduct in going over the stern of the U.S.S. Constitution at sea, 13 February 1879, during a heavy gale, and cutting the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Interim Awards, 1871-98; Matthews, Joseph entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/int1871-98.html. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
- ↑ "Constitution". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/c13/constitution.htm. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
- ↑ Don Morfe (April 25, 2010). "Joseph Matthews (Medal of Honor)". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/51593114. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
- "Joseph Matthews (Medal of Honor)". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=2070. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
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