Camp Mathews

By: Robert Coghill

I joined in 1964 and received rifle training at Camp Mathews. I still remember hearing our PMI saying “Aw Ha (upward tone), Ah Ha (downward tone), Caught you M….. F…er” when we were doing something wrong. I think Camp Mathews in now part of UC San Diego – Third College (may have a better name now). I remember the nice hills we got to run in. I was in Platoon 128, known as the running platoon. One of our PMIs took us out with the intent to run us into the ground. This worked out just the opposite. I also remember Viet Nam being two words, not one. CPL Robert Coghill – Viet Nam 65-66

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  • Dave Means 0331

    In august of 1964 I was in platoon 359 at camp Matthews.A rifle range instructor gathered us around and related the recent news concerning the gulf of tonkin incident.He advised all of us in no uncertain terms of the need to become proficient in the use of the m-14 rifle because we just might be in a place called Vietnam within a year.His words were prophetic because our battalion,c-1-9, landed at Danang in june of 1965.We were told that the rifle range closed the day we departed in late august 0f 1964.I was proud and slightly surprised that I qualified expert with room to spare. SEMPERFI


  • HM3 David Stahmer, Viet Nam Nov. 69 to Oct. 70

    According to Wikipedia: “In English, the two syllables are usually combined into one word, “Vietnam.” However, “Viet Nam” was once common usage and is still used by the United Nations and by the Vietnamese government.” (bet we use the shortened form so we don’t have to type the space on our phones) LOL


  • Henry Young

    I also arrived in Vietnam from Okinawa in 1965(September). Set up the ammo dump(asp 1) Da Nang. Flew in from Camp Butler. 2nd tour An Hoa, 1969. (Med Evac.) Plane ride from Conus straight to RVN. H.Young L/cpl. 0311/2311.


  • Dale Sutton

    I too was in Vietnam in 1965-66 1/9 the walking dead we landed by LST on the beach at DaNang on June 16th 1965. We came to there from Okinawa. My unit was on Oki for about 6 months before going to Vietnam I came home in July of 1966. I transferred to the USAF in 1968 and Maintained C-130 Aircraft for many years. In April 1973 I was part of Operation Homecoming when we brought the first POW’s out of North Vietnam. It was at this time I was able to talk and remember all the time in VN without any stigmas. I was very proud to be a part of the POW release, I retired from the Air Force in 1985 never forgetting my time in the Marines it is the proudest time of my Military Career.
    Once a Marine always a Marine. Semper Fi my brothers.


  • ‘Stoney’ Brook

    I’ve been asked how the name of the camp is spelled. It was Camp Calvin B. Matthews (two ‘T’s).

    General Vandegrift isn’t spelled VanDERgrift, Camp Lejeune isn’t (properly but is traditionally) pronounced ‘Lee (or Lay)-June’


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