Joseph Mathias was born on 29 November 1916 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Joe lived on Pulaski Pike in Huntsviile and worked as a Shoe Cropper prior to World War II. Joe 'Bull' Mathias was awarded the nation's third highest valor award, the Silver Star for gallantry in action in World War II. After the war, Joe settled in Huntsville, Alabama, joining American Legion Post 237. Joe was a road construction equipment operator. Joe Mathias died on 17 February 1997 and was buried in Maple Hill Cemetary in Huntsville.