UNION – Loyd Matthews, son of Alva and Mildred Matthews of Union, was born Aug. 20, 1930. He was a member of Bluff Springs Church of God, where he was active in youth groups during his teenage years. He graduated from Union High School, where he was very active in the Future Farmers of America organization and got the first registered cow for the Matthews dairy farm. He grew up in a large family. He enjoyed working on the farm and loved animals. He also loved his family, community, and his nation. Loyd went on to graduate from East Central Community College, where he was active in the Future Farmers of America and a member of the International Relations Club, first vice president. He also starred as Robert Browning in the production “The Barretts on Wimpole St.” He was a member of the Tom-Tom Staff, Radio Club and took voice lessons and was very interested in public speaking.
He went on to Anderson University, Anderson, Ind. After the first year, he made the decision to drop out of the university and join the United States Air Force. The Korean War was going on at that time. He completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and was assigned to duty at Brooks Air Force Base, then he was sent to Stillwater, Okla., for special training session there. Shortly thereafter, he received orders to report to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. He, along with 51 other military personnel departed McCord Air Force Base aboard a C-124 Globemaster enroute to Elmendorf in Anchorage, Alaska. On Nov. 22, 1952, the plane hit Mt. Gannett, Alask