Retired Col. Herbert B. Mattingly, 92, of Glasgow, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Western Kentucky Veteran's Center in Hanson.
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He was the son of the late Albert Begley Mattingly and Margie Claybrooke Mattingly.
Col. Mattingly was born Dec. 20, 1920, in Washington County and was a 1939 graduate of Springfield High School, where he was a star player on the foot-ball and basketball teams.
Upon graduation from high school, he was employed by the A&P Grocery Store in Springfield. Other civilian jobs included Hubbard's Restaurant, which he co-owned, and automobile sales at Nally and Mudd Pontiac Company, both in Springfield.
Col. Mattingly was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Kentucky National Guard. He served in World War II as a tank commander in the 44th Tank Battalion in the Pacific Theater including New Guinea and Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines. He participated in the liberation of the civilian detainees at Santo Tomas University in Manila, Philippines, and also served as part of the Occupational Forces in Tokyo and Yokohama after the Japanese surrender. During this duty, he received the Purple Heart among numerous other medals.
Col. Mattingly became a commissioned officer in 1948 and was assigned to the 623rd Field Artillery of the Kentucky National Guard. Having been called to active duty in late 1950, he served in the Korean War, where he received the Bronze Star Medal.
In 1962, Col. Mattingly was assigned to active duty at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., with the National Guard Bureau. During the Vietnam War era, he served as a national guard liaison officer at Fort Knox.
In 1972 Col Mattingly became an area director for the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, Division of Civil Defense, based in Bowling Green and Glasgow. He retired in 1985.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jane Abell Mattingly; four sisters, Pearl Schaeg, Isabel Goff, Elizabeth Clarkson and Peyton Matthews; and two brothers, Roy Mattingly and Freeman Mattingly.
Survivors include three sons, Hebert B. Mattingly Jr. of Glasgow, Edward A. Mattingly of Houston and Charles C. Mattingly (Beth) of Knoxville, Tenn.; three daughters, Ann M. Bertrand and Mary Elliott (Tommy), all of Glasgow, and Sue M. Smith (Jamie) of Columbia; seven grandchildren, Laura B. Johnson (John), Teresa Bertrand, Robert "Bobby" Bertrand III, Brookes Mattingly, Sabel Mattingly, Emma Mattingly and Brittain Mattingly; one sister, Della Jean Skaggs of Elizabethtown; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was Thursday, May 2, at St. Helen's Catholic Church in Glasgow. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington at a later date.
Published in The News-Enterprise on May 8, 2013