The mother of Marine Warrior Monk and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has died
Wildly popular among troops, the retired Marine Corps general was sworn in as defense secretary on Jan. 20, 2017, and announced his resignation on Dec. 20, 2018 ― one day after Trump ordered U.S. troops to be pulled from Syria.
In her early 20s, Lucille Mattis lived in Washington, D.C., working as a civilian stenographer with the Army Military Intelligence Corps.
In 1942, “she moved into the newly completed Pentagon where among other tasks she typed up the plans for Operation Torch — the invasion of North Africa America’s first offensive campaign in the European” theater, according to her obituary.
She was then assigned to the Office of the Military Attache at the U.S. Legation in Pretoria, South Africa, her obituary states. It was on a ship journey through the Panama Canal around South America to South Africa that she met one of the ship’s mates, a Merchant Marine officer named West Mattis, whom she later married.
She “was a fiercely independent woman who exemplified the spirit of the women of her generation — shaped by the Great Depression, tempered and forever marked by their monumental contributions to our nation during the Second World War,” her obituary states.
“She imparted to her family a love of reading and a curiosity about the world that endures.”
Lucille Mattis is survived by three sons, a daughter in law, two grandsons, a granddaughter in law and a great granddaughter, according to her obituary.