Edward James “Buddy” Matherley was born at Dayton, Tennessee, son of Ernest Edward Matherley and Ada Lee Dixon

Served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Preston. The ship was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal on 15 November 1942. Edward Matherley was officially declared dead on 16 November 1943.

Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, Philippines.

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 8 December 1943
Seaman 2C Edward J. Matherly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Matherly of Hixson, who was reported missing more than a year ago, was killed in action off Guadalcanal, the Navy Department announced yesterday. He received his education at Soddy and Daisy schools and was a member of the Church of Christ. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Frank and Thomas; four sister, Virginia, Wilma and Clara of Hixson; Mrs. John Painter, Chattanooga, and J.R. Matherly, grandfather, of Dayton.

  • Rank: Seaman Second Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 30 April 1922
  • Date of death: 15 November 1942
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Hixson
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Preston (DD 379)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Top Panel
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