Bouterse, Matthew John, II, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1956-1963, 410X, Amphibious Squadron Three (COMPHIBRON 3)
Service Years
1941 - 1963
Chaplain Christian

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Home Town
Pensacola, FL
Last Address
Eutis, FL

Date of Passing
Feb 23, 2006
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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CDR Matthew John Bouterse was born near Pensacola, FL on June 9, 1914 of his parents Matthew John Bouterse and Reina (Rijskamp) Bouterse. He graduated Mount Dora High School in 1932 and went on to attend the University of FL and then Stetson where he obtained a Bachelors degree. He continued his education at the Eastern Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA where he received a Master of Divinity degree. He married Virginia Lee Hargis on December 25, 1938 and received his first ordained call to the First Baptist Church of Carlisle, KY. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 he joined the United States Navy as a Chaplain. His first assignment was on the Cruiser U.S.S. Astoria and he was wounded when it was sunk at the Battle of Savo Island in late 1942. He received numerous medals and commendations in recognition of his service in the Pacific and European theaters including the Purple Heart. He went on to serve 22 years in the Navy before retiring in 1963 with the rank of Commander to Oceanside, CA. He earned a M.A. from San Diego State University while pastor at the Carlsbad Union Church in Carlsbad, CA. In 1969 he returned to Central Florida where he served as interim, then full-time pastor at the Umatilla First Baptist Church and interim pastor at Eustis First Baptist Church. He also served as a missionary in Hong Kong and Guam.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Astoria (CA-34)NAS Fort LauderdaleNaval Hospital Pensacola, FL
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)Naval Construction Force (NCF)NAS Sanford, FLAmphibious Squadron Three (COMPHIBRON 3)
  1941-1941, 410X, NTS Great Lakes, IL
  1942-1942, 410X, USS Astoria (CA-34)
  1943-1944, 410X, USS Pinkney (APH-2)
  1944-1945, 410X, NAS Fort Lauderdale
  1945-1946, 410X, USS Gen J.R. Brooke (AP-132)
  1946-1948, 410X, Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL
  1948-1950, 410X, USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
  1950-1951, 410X, Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Camp Pendleton, CA
  1951-1952, 410X, NAS Sanford, FL
  1952-1953, 410X, Commander Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic /Mediterranean (CINCNELM/COMNELM)
  1953-1956, 410X, Naval Special Services Administration Activity
  1956-1963, 410X, Amphibious Squadron Three (COMPHIBRON 3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Treasury-Bougainville operation (1943)
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 25, 1938, Married Virginia Lee Hargis
  Dec 30, 1941, Commissioned in the Navy at the rank of Lieutenant
  Jul 21, 1944, Naval Class is Graduated at Hollywood1
  Oct 03, 1945, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1951, Promoted to Commander
  Jan 22, 1952, Chaplain Transferred1
  Dec 24, 1970, Umatilla Sermon1
  Sep 01, 2017, Neptune's Inferno1
  Sep 01, 2017, USS Astoria attacked - a description of the facts by LT Matthew Bouterse
  Sep 02, 2017, General Photos
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
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  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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