William Mathis

Mobile, Alabama

1939 - 2019


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Rear Admiral William W. Mathis U.S. Navy Retired, 79, of Josephine, Alabama, passed into the arms of the Eternal Father at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia on January 2, 2019. Bill was born in Washington, D.C. on April 18, 1939 to Oliver and Sarah Mathis. After the family moved to Bowie, Maryland and the...

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Rear Admiral Williams Mathis; we all love you and miss you greatl. May you rest in peace and easy sir.

Was my skipper onboard the Bob E. When ever there had to be a 2 am wake up for an urgent incoming message. Commander Mathis always said. This better be good. He never said it wasn't. RIP Skip

One of our Q&As on the bridge.

I've spent more than 40 years reporting on the U.S. military, and was aboard USS Fox with then-Capt. Mathis in 1987 when his ship was protecting oil shipments from Iranian attack. While our biggest tanker ran into a mine, I've never forgotten the C.O.'s smarts and decency. He was a credit to the U.S. Navy, and one of the finest military officers I ever spent time with. My condolences to his family. Godspeed, Wild Bill.

Condolences and Respect.RIP Sir.Great Skipper 1073..HT 2 Vincent Capella

A truly great man. My first CO on board USS Fox . My condolences to the family. He will continue to be thought of fondly

To Admiral Mathis, truly a treasure to have known. Deepest condolences to his family.

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a very sweet person and I really enjoyed seeing him when he came for his appointments at the Internal Medicine Clinic. He was so excited about moving to his new place. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry this is so late but we just found out he had passed.

My thoughts and prayers to the family of Wild Bill Mathis. Among my many memories of sailing with then Capt. Mathis, I remember being nominated sailor of the year under his command. His ethos "Work hard, Play hard" became my ethos for life. I could never thank him enough for the internal fires he kindled in me. Bravo Zulu!!