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Bobby Mathews (general)

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Bobby Mathews (general)

AllegianceIndia
Service/ branchIndian Army
RankLieutenant General
Unit2 Kumaon
Commands heldXII Corps, 2 Kumaon
AwardsParam Vishisht Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal & Bar VSM

Baseball Career Of Right-hand Pitcher Bobby Mathews Was Just Beginning To Blossom When It Was Interrupted By Military Draft And Vietnam War In 1966. Vietnam War Was Long, Costly Armed Conflict That Pit Communist Regime Of North Vietnam And Its Southern Allies, Known As Viet Cong, Against South Vietnam And Its Principal Ally, United States. Regular United States combat units were deployed in 1965 and by 1968, American involvement in war was at its peak. In May of 1966, Mathews ' baseball career was put on hold when 18-year-old was banked into Army and sent to basic Training at Fort Ord in California. Three months later, was shipped to Camp Leonard Wood in Central Missouri for combat engineer Training. On October 6, he received orders that send to Vietnam. When we land in Saigon, plane opens and it hit you. It was so hot and so sticky, Mathews said in interview in January of 2016. In Saigon, Mathews was assigned 557 Light Equipment Company. In February of 1967, part of his company joined 1 Infantry Division in Operation Junction City in area known as Prek Klok in Tay Ninh Province. Operation Junction City was 82-day Military Operation conducted by United States and Republic of Vietnam and was only major airborne Operation of Vietnam War. 557 was given task of bulldozing every inch of jungle it could to give Infantry and supporting armor better chance of destroying enemy strongholds and supply lines and locating Vietnamese Cong headquarters. Basically, Prek Klok was place you never find on any map, Mathews say. We were there to push jungle back and construct air strips, runways and Special Forces camps. Our unit was always first ones in because tanks couldnt get in there. We go where Special units go and into areas where no one else wants to go. More Jungle 557 Move, More Fighting Intensifies In Area. Every day every night fighting was going on in some way or another, Mathews say. As result, Infantry established perimeters around US. That is when knew something was about to happen. And it do. I remember day very well, Mathews say. It was March 10 1967. I was 20-year-old who had never been anywhere in my whole life. And, here was in Vietnam. Things get real, real fast. Night had fallen and Mathews was sitting on his cot when he was startled by explosion at outer perimeter behind him. I jumped up say, That incoming fire. But rest of guys say I was just over-reacting, Mathews say. Then mortar hit on other side of containership that was right next to our make-shift living area. All of US rush to our sandbag-covered trenches and assume firing position.

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Military career

General Officer was commissioned into Kumaon Regiment, one of oldest & most decorated regiments of Indian Army, in 1978. He Command his parent Battalion 2 Kumaon Berar in Operations in Manipur. He went on to Command Mountain Brigade and Striking Lion Mountain Division on Eastern frontier, during which he was responsible for coordinating relief and reconstruction work during massive earthquake in Sikkim in September 2011. He was also Sub Area Commander, Mumbai region during 2008 Mumbai attacks. He take over as General Officer Commanding of India's only desert XII Corps in September 2014. Lt Gen Bobby Mathews has been Instructor at Infantry School, Mhow, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington Chief Instructor at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. General Officer Has Also Attended Higher Command Course And Prestigious National Defence College Course At New Delhi. Prior to taking over as GOC of Konark Corps, he handled critical appointment of Additional Director General PI in Army Headquarters.

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