Civil War, World War 1 Purple Hearts given to sisters

Frank Matson and Jacob Garrett were wounded but never received medals

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — For almost six decades, the descendants of Frank Matson and Jacob Garrett have tried to make sure the men got the recognition they deserved for their efforts in the wars.

That would be the Civil War and World War 1.

Rosalie Schiewe and Willamae Matson received Purple Hearts for their father and great-grandfather, injured in the Civil War and World War 1, July 2, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Rosalie Schiewe and Willamae Matson received Purple Hearts for their father and great-grandfather, injured in the Civil War and World War 1, July 2, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Wednesday, sisters Rosalie Schiewe and Willamae Matson received Purple Hearts for their father and great-grandfather.

Frank Matson, their father, was injured in World War 1 when he rescued an officer under heavy fire in France. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, but never received the Purple Heart.

Great-grandfather Jacob Garrett — born in 1845 — joined the Union Army when he was 13 and was wounded in the Illinois Infantry.

The women, both in their 80s, contacted Rep. Earl Blumenauer in April. He helped move the process along and presented the Purple Hearts to the women on Wednesday.

The Purple Hearts, Schiewe said, is their only contact with their father.

“We had so little time with him when he was alive,” she said. He died when the girls were in grade school. “So anything that happens like this it makes us closer to our father.”

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