Army Badge
  • Name: Arthur "Art" Eugene Mattfield
  • Location of Birth: Frazee, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 9, 1921
  • Date of Death: November 24, 2000
  • Parents: Fred Mattfield & Olga (Panter) Mattfield
  • High School and Class: 1940 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: SGT (Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: August 19, 1942
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: October 11, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    1942 Camp Crowder, Missouri
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Arthur Eugene Mattfield
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: February 9, 1921
    Birth Place: Frazee, Becker, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Trout Lake Township, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: February 16, 1942
    Employer: Oliver Mining Co., Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 175
    Height: 6-3
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Other Characteristic: Appendix scar
    Next of Kin: Mr. & Mrs. Fred Mattfield, Rt. 1, Bovey, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – December 8, 1944 – “LISTEN TO SON OVER HIBBING RADIO STATION - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mattfield of Trout Lake had the pleasure Saturday noon to listen in on the radio and hear their son, Arthur, who is stationed in France talk. The radio station in Hibbing, WMFG, called Mr. Mattfield Tuesday and informed them that they had received a record made by their son when he was stationed in the front lines in France, and would put the record on when it was most convenient for them to listen in, so at 12:30 it was broadcast. Arthur went into service August 19, 1942 and received his training at Camp Crowder, Mo. From there he was sent to Tennessee, to Freda Desert, Calif., then to Camp Pierce, Fla., and from there to an embarkation camp at Newport, Va. He has been across 17 months and has seen action in Sicily, Italy, Africa and France. He is with Gen. Patches 7th Army. Mr. and Mrs. Mattfield have another son, George, who is now home on a furlough from Tinker Field, Okla. and on his return is scheduled to go across. They have, besides these two boys, four girls at home.”

    Art served with Co. B, 2830th Engineer Combat Battalion in the European Theatre during World War II.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Art Mattfield lived most of his life in the Coleraine. Minnesota area prior to moving to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in the 1980s. He married Jeanne Hart in 1946 in Hibbing, Minnesota. He worked as a welder for Oliver, Pickands Mather & Hanna mines. He owned Art’s Barbershop in Coleraine from 1959-1966. He was a member of the Coleraine Civic Club and had been active in music playing in local bands, including the Skyrockers, and had played on the Mattfield Family Radio Show on KOZY. He was a member of the Grand Rapids American Legion and VFW posts.

    Art died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 152). He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, Julianne (Nick) Miljevich, Susan McLean, Dan, and Mike; eleven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and four sisters, Dorothy (Herbert) Modrow, Marjorie Menson, Lorraine (Rex) Watkins, and Ivadell Riehle. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George, in 1977.

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