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James Thomas Mathews, American naval officer. Member American Society Civil Engineers, Society American Military Engineers.


Mathews, James Thomas was born on November 6, 1891 in Marion, South Carolina, United States. Son of James Thomas and Martha Ellen (Williams) Mathews.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1913. C.E., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1918.


Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1913, and advanced through the grades to rear admiral, 1942. Served as public works officer, Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida, October 1918-August 1919. Treaty Engineer, Republic of Haiti, October 1919-September 1920.

Officer in Charge Construction Naval Ordnance Plant, Southern Charleston West Virginia, July-November 1922. Public Works Officer, Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut, March 1926-September 1928. Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina. and 6th and 7th Naval district August 1930-July 1934.

Bureau of Yards and Docks and bureau of Aeronautics Sept 1934-September 1937. Naval Operating Base and 11th Naval District, San Diego, California, September 1937-Jan 1942, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., February-April 1942. Superintending civil engineer, Area IV, since April 1942.

Decorations: Legion of Merit, Mexican, Victory, Navy Expeditionary, Haitian, Defense Legion of Merit and American Area service medals (United States), Order of Honor and Merit (Haiti).


Member American Society Civil Engineers, Society American Military Engineers.


Married Isabelle Jane Bradham, July 22, 1914. Children: James Thomas (officer United States Navy), Laurens Bradham (officer United States Navy).

James Thomas Mathews

Martha Ellen (Williams) Mathews

Isabelle Jane Bradham

James Thomas Mathews (officer United States Navy)

Laurens Bradham Mathews (officer United States Navy)