Article about Col. Paul J. Matte
mmand of the Kansas-Missouri Recruiter in Army Almost 30 Years On July 18, Col. Paul J. Matte, 53, cavalry, with 29 years and 11 months service in the Regular Army, recently returned to the States from an overseas assignment in the European Theater since 1942, took coi Recruiting district with headquarters in the Wyandotte county court house, Kansas City, Kansas. Chillicothe is a station of the district. Colonel Matte entered the service as a commissioned officer on the 9th of August, 1917, immediately after his graduation from Worcester Polytechnical Institute and has served continuously since that date. He served time overseas during both World Wars. During World War I he served with the field artillery in France | a nd returned to the United States on the 4th of July, 1919. Upon his return he was assigned to the cavalry and has has remained in that branch ever since. During the interim period between 1919 and 1941 he served, at various • posts and I camps'throughout the States start- j ing at Ft. Myer, Virginia, then on to several along the Mexican border until just before the start of World | War II he was the post commander 'j at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. As the clouds of war began to darken, Colonel Matte took command of a tank destroyer battalion at Camp Hood, Tex. Early in 1942 is he was placed in charge of winter warfare at the tactical school in Iceland. Leaving there in 1943 he was assigned to the Western base section in England where he served as G-l on the General Staff. Short- ly after D-Day he assumed com-, mand of the North Ireland district I where he served until January, 1945, when he was assigned to the 17th major port, in time to accompany it to Belgium during the period i when Antwerp and Ghent were being subjected to V-jbomb attacks. His final station was at Bremerhaven, Germany. While in the 17th major port he served as port commander and deputy port commander. Colonel Matte, a native of Lewiston, Maine, married early in his military career to Emma Jane Gilbert of Atlanta, Ga., and has two sons, both of whom se'rved in the armed forces during the war. His youngest son, 1st "Lt. Robert Matte is with the constabulary forces in Germany while his other son, Paul, Junior, who served as captain of infantry in the Pacific and Japan during the war, is now entering medical school. Colonel Matte's decorations in-j elude the Bronze'Star and the Belgian Order of the Crown and the Order of Leopold of Belgium.