Portraits of American Veterans Project
By Jeanine Hill-Soldner


Virgil Mathis
by Jeanine Hill-Soldner

Virgil Mathis
United States Army, Sergeant
Vietnam Era, Belgium, 1966-69

Virgil enlisted in the Army after completing high school in his home city of Chicago. His goal was to serve in Vietnam, but his technical skills were needed in Europe for Air Defense Command as a Hawk Missile Technician. Virgil was based in Fort Polk, Louisiana for his basic training, and then stationed in Belgium during his Army career.

After discharge Virgil was homeless for a year, living with friends and not knowing what the future would hold. He then signed on to the GI Bill and attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago. He worked for Montgomery Wards Service Repair center for 27 years. Now he is an inventor, active American Legion member and a Veteran Peer Counselor. Virgil’s experiences have led him to a lifelong commitment to fellow veterans and his motto is:“Leave no veteran behind” Victor Mathis is represented in a smaller portrait embraced by Virgil.

United States Navy, Seabee, Vietnam, two tours, Disabled

*Virgil would like to dedicate his portrait to his bother Victor who passed away in March of 2009.*

Home: Chicago

Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 30" x 40"
Price: Not For Sale