The Commission

The authorizing legislation for ABMC (36 U.S.C., Chapter 21) specifies that the president will appoint not more than 11 members to the commission. President Donald J. Trump appointed Secretary William M. Matz Jr., on January 8, 2018 as well as Commissioners Jennifer Sandra Carroll, Dorothy Gray, Thomas O. Hicks, John P. McGoff, Luis Rodolfo Quinonez, Evans C. Spiceland, and Robert O. Wefald.

 

Board of Commissioners

William M. Matz, Jr. – Secretary

Maj. Gen. William M. Matz, Jr, U.S. Army (Ret) is the Secretary of ABMC, appointed by President Donald Trump in January 2018. Matz is a highly decorated combat veteran with a distinguished military career spanning five decades. As an infantryman, he served in Korea and Panama, and as a company commander with the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, where he was wounded in action in the 1968 TET offensive. He served in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and was executive secretary to two secretaries of defense, Caspar Weinberger and Frank Carlucci. Matz served two years with the Navy/Marine Corps amphibious forces in the Pacific during a second tour in Vietnam, and deployed with the 7th Infantry Division to Panama during Operation JUST CAUSE in 1989. Upon retirement from the Army, Matz worked for Raytheon Company as vice president, Army Programs followed by general manager for Vinnell/Northrop Grumman’s Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. President George W. Bush appointed him to the Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission. He is also past President of the National Association for Uniformed Services. He is on the Eisenhower Institute National Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in Government/Management Course. His military service awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Matz was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Great Falls, Virginia, and are the parents of three children. Print William M. Matz, Jr. – Secretary | Read Less

Previous Commissioners

Barack H. Obama Administration 2009-2017

  • Merrill A. McPeak
  • Cindy Campbell
  • Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
  • Darrell Dorgan
  • Larry R. Ellis
  • John L. Estrada
  • Lisa A. Hallett
  • Jerry MacArthur Hultin
  • Rolland Kidder
  • Richard L. Klass
  • Thomas R. Lamont
  • Constance Morella
  • Ike Skelton
  • Maura C. Sullivan

George W. Bush Administration 2001-2009

  • P. X. Kelley (Chairman until 2005)
  • Frederick M. Franks (Chairman beginning in 2005) 
  • Julius W. Becton, Jr.  
  • Patrick H. Brady
  • Leslie G. Baker  
  • Chester L. Berryhill, Jr. 
  • Donald T. Bollinger  
  • James B. Culbertson     
  • James B. Francis 
  • Frederick M. Franks
  • Jerry L. Laws
  • Antonio Lopez
  • Zell B. Miller 
  • Thomas E. Morris 
  • Carol A. Mutter  
  • Joseph E. Persico
  • James M. Reynolds, III   
  • Sara A. Sellers  
  • Alan K. Simpson
  • Will Hill Tankersle  
  • Sue Ellen Turner  

William J. Clinton Administration 1993-2001

  • P. X. Kelley (Chairman until 1994)
  • Frederick F. Woerner, Jr. (Chairman beginning in 1994)
  • Francis J. Bagnell 
  • William P. Campbell  
  • Hugh L. Carey   
  • Aubrey O. Cookman
  • Evelyn P. Foote
  • Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon    
  • Jack O. Guy
  • Steve M. Hilton
  • Rolland F. Kidder  
  • Douglas Kinnard
  • Robert C. Laughter  
  • Alfred S. Los Banos
  • Thomas G. Lyons 
  • John C. McDonald
  • Ned R. McWherter
  • Brenda L. Moore  
  • Frank B. Moore  
  • Ronald D. Ray
  • Gail H. Reals
  • Ed L. Romero     
  • Mark V. Rosenker
  • Peter W. Senopoulos 
  • William G. Simpson  
  • David H. Sudderth
  • William M. Wardlaw
  • F. Haydn Williams 

George H.W. Bush Administration 1989-1993

  • Andrew J. Goodpaster (Chairman until 1990)  
  • P. X. Kelley (Chairman beginning in 1990)  
  • Francis J. Bagnell 
  • Kitty D. Bradley
  • William P. Campbell  
  • Aubrey O. Cookman
  • Jack O. Guy
  • Robert C. Laughter
  • Preston H. Long
  • Armistead J. Maupin
  • John C. McDonald   
  • Freda J. Poundstone  
  • Ronald D. Ray
  • Mark V. Rosenker   
  • Peter W. Senopoulos 
  • David H. Sudderth      

Ronald Reagan Administration 1981-1989

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman until 1984)  
  • Andrew J. Goodpaster (Chairman beginning in 1985)  
  • Francis J. Bagnell 
  • Edwin Bliss Wheeler
  • Kitty D. Bradley
  • Joseph W. Canzeri  
  • Aubrey O. Cookman
  • Redford C. Early
  • William E. Hickey
  • Preston H. Long
  • Armistead J. Maupin
  • John C. McDonald
  • Freda J. Poundstone  
  • Lawrence A. Wright     

James Carter Administration 1977-1981

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman)   
  • Gerhard D. Bleicken
  • Leslie H. Fry
  • Fred C. Bramlage 
  • William G. Bray  
  • Alfred P. Chamie  
  • Benjamin 0. Davis, Jr. 
  • William C. Garrison     
  • T. Harry Gatton 
  • James H. Gavin 
  • Anna Mae Hays
  • James L. Holloway III  
  • Harold A. Horn  
  • Oliver E. Meadows  
  • John M. Pope  
  • Charles E. Potter
  • Harvey A. Roffman 
  • Richard J. Vander Platt 
  • Louis H. Wilson 

Gerald R. Ford Administration 1974-1977

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman)  
  • Gerhard D. Bleicken
  • Fred C. Bramlage
  • William G. Bray
  • Alfred P. Chamie
  • Leslie H. Fry   
  • William C. Garrison  
  • Leslie E. Gehres
  • Harold A. Horn  
  • Charles E. Potter     
  • Harvey A. Roffman
  • Richard J. Vander Platt

Richard M. Nixon Administration 1969-1974

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman)   
  • Gerhard D. Bleicken
  • Fred C. Bramlage 
  • Alfred P. Chamie
  • T. C. Connell
  • Leslie H. Fry
  • William C. Garrison  
  • Leslie E. Gehres
  • Harold A. Horn
  • Edward F. McGinnis
  • Harry J. Middleton, Jr.
  • Charles E. Potter  
  • Harvey A. Roffman 
  • Carl Spaatz
  • Richard J. Vander Platt 
  • Clinton F. Wheeler   

Lyndon B. Johnson Administration 1963-1969

  • Jacob L. Devers (Chairman)  
  • Leslie L. Biffle
  • T. C. Connell
  • Joseph C. Duke 
  • T. Harry Gatton
  • Felton M. Johnston  
  • Thomas C. Kinkaid   
  • Edward F. McGinnis
  • Harry J. Middleton, Jr.   
  • Mrs. Charles G. Peters
  • Charles E. Potter  
  • Sidney Salomon, Jr.
  • Carl Spaatz 
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Austin T. Walden     

John F. Kennedy Administration 1961-1963

  • Jacob L. Devers (Chairman)  
  • Leslie L. Biffle      
  • Joseph C. Duke 
  • T. Harry Gatton
  • Thomas C. Kinkaid
  • Charles E. Potter  
  • Mrs. Charles G. Peters
  • Sidney Salomon, Jr.
  • Carl Spaatz 
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Austin T. Walden  

Dwight D. Eisenhower Administration 1953-1961

  • George C. Marshall (Chairman until 1959)
  • Jacob L. Devers (Chairman beginning in 1960)
  • Leslie L. Biffle
  • Benjamin 0. Davis    
  • Joseph J. Foss  
  • Forest A. Harness  
  • Thomas C. Kinkaid   
  • Edward F. McGinnis
  • John Phillips 
  • Charles E. Potter
  • Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt 
  • Carl Spaatz    
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Mrs. Wendell L. Wilkie

Harry S. Truman Administration 1945-1953

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman until 1948)
  • George C. Marshall (Chairman beginning in 1949)  
  • Joseph C. Baldwin  
  • Leslie L. Biffle
  • Mrs. Henry Fenimore Baker   
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Edward C. Kalbfus     
  • Harold A. Keats    
  • Dr. John Markey
  • Burnet R. Maybank
  • David A. Reed
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Robert G. Woodside   

Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration 1933-1945

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman)  
  • Leslie L. Biffle   
  • J.P. B. Clayton Hill 
  • Mrs. Henry Fenimore Baker
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Dr. John Markey      
  • David A. Reed
  • Robert G. Woodside

Herbert Hoover Administration 1929-1933

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman)     
  • J.P. B. Clayton Hill 
  • Mrs. Henry Fenimore Baker
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Dr. John Markey
  • David A. Reed   
  • Robert G. Woodside

Calvin Coolidge Administration 1923-1929

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman)     
  • Mrs. Frederick W. Bentley
  • J.P.B. Clayton Hill
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Dr. John Markey
  • Thomas W. Miller  
  • David A. Reed   
  • Robert G. Woodside  

Learn More About ABMC

Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces.