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MATTINA, Col. John C.

MATTINA - Col. John C. U.S. Army (Retired), 94, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2011. He was born in Buffalo, New York on November 23, 1916. He was a long time resident of Oxnard, California recently moving to Sparks, Nevada to be with his son and daughter-in-law. Col.
Mattina graduated from Canisius High School in 1935, attended Canisius College before entering the United States Military Academy - West Point and graduating in 1942. He was commissioned as a 2LT, Engineer, US Army. He was awarded two (2) Silver Stars during WW II while serving in the China-Burma-India theatre of operations 1942-1945. Following WWII his assignments took him to the Central Intelligence Agency 1947-1948, California Institute of Technology (CalTech) where he earned his master's degree 1949, Alaska District Engineers Office, United States Army Command and Staff College1952, District Engineers Office in Washington D.C., The Engineer Center, Ft. Belvoir, VA 1952-1955, Office of the Joint Chief of Staff in the Pentagon 1958-1961, 8th Army, Korea 1961-1962, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, District Engineer - Chicago District 1963-1966, Commander, 24th Engineer Group, Germany 1966-1967, Deputy Military Construction, Europe 1967-1969 and retired in 1969. Following retirement from the US Army he was a Vice President with Conrad Associates, a structural engineering firm in Van Nuys, CA and president 1978. He retired in 1986. Surviving family is his son LTC. John C. (Kendall) US Army (Retired), daughter Mary A., grandsons Christopher J. (Brandi) and Patrick T. (Derra) and four great-grandchildren Mason, Yrilan, Maxxwell and Isabella.
John was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Nellie E.; daughter Ann; father Alfonso; mother Angela G.; brothers Vincent (Sally) and Joseph (Sidney) and sister Lillian. Services will be on September 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. The funeral mass will be at the Most Holy Trinity Chapel and burial at the West Point Cemetery.

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