2018 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Major General William M. Matz, Jr, U.S. Army (Ret), is the Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission, appointed to the position by President Donald Trump in January 2018.

Secretary Matz is a highly decorated combat veteran of the United States Army with a distinguished military career spanning five decades.

As an infantryman, he served in Korea and Panama, and as  a company commander with the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, where he was wounded in action in the 1968 Tet offensive.  He served in the 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions and was executive secretary to two secretaries of defense, Caspar Weinberger and Frank Carlucci. Secretary Matz served two years with the Navy/Marine Corps amphibious forces in the Pacific during a second tour in Vietnam, and deployed with the 7th Infantry Division to Panama during Operation JUST CAUSE in 1989.

Upon retirement from the Army in 1995, Secretary Matz worked eight years in the defense industry.  He was first employed by Raytheon Company as vice president, Army Programs. He then took over as general manager for Vinnell/Northrop Grumman’s Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, returning to the United States in June 2004.

In 2005, President Bush appointed him to the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission and he served there until the commission rendered its report to the Congress in 2008. He is also past President of the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS), a national veterans organization that advocates in Congress for service members, veterans and their families. NAUS was founded in 1968 and represents the enlisted and officer members of all components of the uniformed services. NAUS was instrumental in the development of the new GI Bill for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, which was signed into law in 2010.

Secretary Matz is a frequent participant in alumni and academic forums sponsored by the Eisenhower Institute and Gettysburg College and the University of San Diego College of Arts and Sciences. He is on the Eisenhower Institute National Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association.

He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Airborne and Ranger Courses, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in Government/Management Course.

Among his military service awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Cross (second highest award our nation bestows for valor on the battlefield), Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Secretary Matz was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Great Falls, Virginia, and are the parents of three children.

About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame

The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.

The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.

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