Maj. Gen. William M. Matz, Jr. was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from Gettysburg College, he received a commission as a second lieutenant and assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. Following this initial assignment, he served along the demilitarized zone in Korea with the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division and 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division successively as a rifle company commander and battalion S-3. Upon his return from Korea, he was assigned to the Ranger Department, U.S. Army Infantry School. In October 1967, he arrived in Vietnam and served as a rifle company commander with the 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, in the Mekong Delta, where he was wounded in action during the 1968 Tet Offensive.
Gen. Matz 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. He received a BA degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College and a MA degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego.
Among his awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Cross, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
NSCC is fortunate to have as our Honorary Chairman, Major General William M. Matz, Jr., US Army, Retired. General Matz is an experienced combat leader and veterans and seniors advocate.
An Infantryman at heart, General Matz has served as either a commander or staff officer in six different divisions and as Executive Secretary to the Secretary of Defense. His combat tours include infantry company command in Vietnam where he was wounded in action during the 1968 TET Offensive. After retirement from the Army, he worked in the private sector as Vice President, Army Programs, for Raytheon Company, and as Program General Manager for Vinnell/Northrop Grumman’s Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program in Saudi Arabia. He also served seven years as president of the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS), an all-service Veterans organization which advocates in congress for service-member and veteran benefits and for a strong national defense.