Matthew Coleman also known as Bill Joe was born April 18, 1947 in Cupola, Louisiana to Lucille and Charles Coleman. At the tender age of nine he lost both parents a week apart to Sydney on this. He and his 11 siblings went on to be care for by their grandmother Lizzie Furlough (Dicee).
Matthew graduated from McKinley High School in Baton Rouge Louisiana in 1965. After graduating high school he went to serve his country. He joined the United States Marine Corps serving with company L 3rd Battalion 1 st Marines he was a dedicated soldier serving two tours in Vietnam on his last tour acting as pointman and leading his platoon towards the Hamlet Inn Vietnam in which a grenade had been thrown without hesitation Matthew picked up the grenade and tossed it back into the dwelling. Other pain Who did and knocked down by the explosion, He quickly got on his feet and assaulted the hut killing one VC and wanted the other two. He refused to be evacuated until he captured the two VC’s and search the hut for weapons and equipment his actions were credited with saving Marines in his platoon these horrific actions lead him to receiving the Silverstar award the third highest award to be received in the military Matthew also has received a Purple Heart
After completing his military career Matthew then went into construction where he becoming a Master Mason building all over San Diego county, many buildings we look at today have been touched by our angel such as the cross at Mount Helix the Panda Exhibit at the San Diego zoo, Donovan state prison and the driveway at his sister Annie’s house
Matthew gave his life to Christ and was baptized at Northpark Apostolic Church in Lemon Grove under Pastor Mark Garcia, his heart was then lead to Word of life worship Center in La Mesa under the leadership of Pastor TL Miller where him and his wife Linda were joined in holy matrimony by their Pastor on March 23, 2013 together they continue to serve and worship Christ. He was a good and faithful servant until he was called home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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