Matthews, Jr., H. Spencer, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1971-1973, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1940 - 1973
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home Town
Last Address
Falls Church, Va.

Date of Passing
Sep 24, 2002
Location of Interment
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Last Known Activity
Begining his Naval career as an enlisted sailor, he was the first Naval Aviation Pilot (NAP) to be promoted to flag rank in the Navy.

During his 33 years service the Admiral, while enlisted, was a plane captain on the O3U-1, F4B-4, F2F and F3F, F2A, BTD, BT2D. TBD. NJ-1 and SBC-3&4. As a naval aviator, he flew the N2S, SNV, SNJ, P2Y, PBY-1, PB4Y and 2, Spitfire (England), F8F-1, BT2D-1, YP-59A (1st navy jet), AD, F2H (Banshee), F9F-8, FJ-4B. F4H-1 Phantom, A4D, and his last carrier landing was in the F4H-1 Phantom at night aboard USS Midway in WESPAC, in 1963.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)VT-5 TigersUS NavyNAS Miami, FL
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLSchool Assignments - StaffNAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
VP-5 (1937) Mad Foxes/Blind FoxesNaval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)VA-76 SpiritsUSS Forrestal (CVA-59)
Naval Strike Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun)Naval War College (Staff)VA-113 StingersUSS Shangri-La (CVA-38)
Carrier Air Group 2 (CVG-2)USS Midway (CV-41)USS Hermitage (LSD-34)USS Independence (CVA-62)
Naval Aviation Schools Command (Command & Faculty Staff)Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)CNO - OPNAV
  1940-1940, HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1940-1940, VT-5 Tigers
  1940-1940, Saufley Field
  1940-1942, AM-0000, NAS Miami, FL
  1942-1943, AP-0000, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1942-1943, 131X, Naval Flight Training
  1945-1947, 131X, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)
  1947-1947, 131X, NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
  1947-1948, 131X, VP-5 (1937) Mad Foxes/Blind Foxes
  1951-1952, 131X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1953-1954, 131X, USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110)
  1955-1956, 131X, VA-76 Spirits
  1955-1956, 131X, USS Forrestal (CVA-59)
  1956-1956, 131X, Naval Strike Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun)
  1957-1958, 131X, Naval War College (Staff)
  1958-1959, 131X, VA-113 Stingers
  1959-1959, 131X, USS Shangri-La (CVA-38)
  1962-1963, 131X, Carrier Air Group 2 (CVG-2)
  1962-1963, 131X, USS Midway (CV-41)
  1967-1968, 131X, USS Hermitage (LSD-34)
  1968-1969, 131X, USS Independence (CVA-62)
  1969-1970, 131X, Naval Aviation Schools Command (Command & Faculty Staff)
  1970-1971, 000X, Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)
  1971-1973, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
 Colleges Attended 
University of GeorgiaTulane UniversityOxford University, England
  1942-1942, University of Georgia
  1947-1949, Tulane University
  1965-1965, Oxford University, England
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