Glenn Matthews was born in 1922 and grew up on the family farm in central Illinois. As a young man, he worked for Caterpillar in Peoria where he met his wife, Loraine Anderson. During WW II he served with the 6th Ranger Battalion, which served in the Philippine campaign. The unit participated in the famous Cabanatuan raid in January, 1945, rescuing over 500 Allied POWs. Following the war, Glenn returned to Roby, Illinois and starting his own builder/contractor business. He was in business for fifty years, constructing over 200 houses in the Rochester area.
Interview Session 01 (Audio)
Early life and WW II experiences
Interview Session 02 (Audio)
Life and contracting career in Roby and Rochester, Illinois
Interview Session 03 (Audio)
More on Matthews’ experiences in WW II in the Pacific & Japan