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Joseph Van Matre
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Born: October 9, 1828(1828-10-09)
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Died: January 14, 1892 (aged 63)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Rank: Private
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Unit: Company G, 116th Ohio Infantry
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Joseph Van Matre (October 9, 1828-January 14, 1892) was a United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War.


Joseph Van Matre was born on October 9, 1828 in Mason County, (West) Virginia. He was a member of the 116th Ohio Infantry during the American Civil War and was awarded the Medal of Honor on April 2, 1865 during the Third Battle of Petersburg. During the assault on Fort Gregg, Van Matre climbed upon the parapet and fired down into the fort as fast as the loaded guns could be passed to him. He died on January 14, 1892 and is buried in Riverview Cemetery in Middleport, Ohio.[1] His grave can be found in Section 1, Lot 208.[1]

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 116th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Mason County, W. Va. Date of issue: May 12, 1865.


In the assault on Fort Gregg, this soldier climbed upon the parapet and fired down into the fort as fast as the loaded guns could be passed up to him by comrades.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Joseph Van Matre at Find a Grave Retrieved on 2007-11-13
  2. "Joseph Van Matre, Medal of Honor recipient". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2007.