The son of a renowned boxing coach and the brother of an outstanding NFL player, Dale Matthews made his own indelible mark in the sports world. Boxing for his father “Matty” Matthews at The Citadel, he compiled a record of 22-1 in college competition and 40-0 in Golden Gloves matches. Matthews was born in 1929 and graduated from Charleston High School. He played football, boxed and was a member of the swimming team at The Citadel. A classy stylist with good punching power, Matthews boxed at 165 pounds. He won the Southern Conference Championship in his weight class three years in a row. The Citadel inducted him into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.
Matthews, upon graduation, entered the U.S. Air Force and stayed for 30 years. He attained his pilot’s wings and flew 100 combat missions in F-86 Sabre Jets during the Korean War. Col. Matthews won numerous medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster in 1953, 1967, 1970, and 1971. He also won a Bronze Star. Matthews retired from the Pentagon while serving on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He and his wife Jacquelyn had three children.
Matthews passed away on June 14, 2003.