March 15, 1922 (Norwalk, CT) – November 29, 1944; 22 years old
Married Helen Fiore Matteis (1924-2013) on April 15, 1944, in Norwalk; Helen later remarried James Rubino in 1946.
Last local address: 12 Knapp Street, South Norwalk
Enlisted on October 3, 1942
Service number: 31193133
Unit: 95th Infantry Division, 378th Infantry Regiment, Company I
Born to Vincenzo J. (1881-1961) and Josephine deCristoforo Matteis (1901-1959). Five brothers, John (1918-2004), James (1923-2008), Salvatore (1924-1981), Joseph (1927-1993), and Richard (1939-). Two sisters, Mary Matteis Singewald (1929-1989) and Josephine “Fanny” Matteis Vitti (1912-2002).
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
From The Norwalk Hour September 6, 1945
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Matteis, 12 Knapp Street, have been notified by the War Department that their son Anthony Matteis, 22, was killed in action. He was previously reported missing on November 29, 1944. PFC Matteis, whose wife resides in Spring Hill, joined the armed forces on October 17, 1942, and later transferred from Fort Devens to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he received his basic training. He served with the 95th Infantry in France and Germany. PFC Matteis was the husband of Miss Helen Fiore; they were married on April 15, 1944. Two brothers are in the armed forces, James, who is stationed in North Carolina, and Sal, who is in the South Pacific. Another brother, John, who was honorably discharged in June, saw action in France and Germany.
Listed in 95th Infantry Division history as having died on November 29, 1944, between Metz, France, and Beres. The interment record lists “Falck, France,” as the place of death.
Private Matteis was buried in St. John’s Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut; Section A1, Grave 721. Photo by webmaster.