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PostHeaderIcon veteransradio.net interview

An Ocean Away - Movie Promo Log on and tune in Sunday 29 January at 5:00pm CST at www.veteransradio.net to hear Dale Throneberry's interview with "An Ocean Away" director Patrick Fries and film principals Linda Matocha Masur and Marine Andre Boersma as they discuss the journey that brought USMC LT Donald Matocha home from Vietnam.

PostHeaderIcon San Marcos Daily Record: ‘An Ocean Away'

The San Marcos Daily Record has an article entitled ‘An Ocean Away' which begins:
On April 4, 1968, a 10-man Marine reconnaissance team was sent out on a mission on Dong Ma Mountain in what was then the Republic of South Vietnam. They were to locate a North Vietnamese observation post on the south side of the mountain and destroy it. The Dallas Girl recon team made it to the top of Dong Ma the following day, but before they were able to destroy the observation post they were ambushed in a round of enemy fire. Twenty-three-year-old Second Lieutenant Donald Matocha was killed in the firefight and several other Marines were wounded. They radioed for help and CH-46 helicopter pilot Ron Gatewood and his team hoisted the men out one at a time.
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PostHeaderIcon An Ocean Away

To all: attached for your information and distribution to your chapter members, and to everyone interested in the successful recovery of USMC Lieutenant Matocha's remains, missing in action in Vietnam for three decades, to his family in central Texas. The recovery operation is documented in a film entitled "An Ocean Away" created and produced by the husband and wife team of Pat and Cheryl Fries who also created the documentary "In the Shadow of the Blade". "An Ocean Away" will premier on the Military Channel on Thursday, February 9th at 7:00pm & 10:00pm Central Time and again early Friday, February 10th at 2:00am.

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2nd Lt. Donald Matocha

Matocha Family Photos from the "Cousin's Reunion" 2004

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PostHeaderIcon 2nd Lt. Donald Matocha

By QUALA MATOCHA

Home at last. After missing in action in South Vietnam since April 5, 1968, the remains of U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Donald John Matocha finally came home to his family and friends in the small Southeast Texas town of Smithville.

Lt. Matocha...Donald,
You shall grow not old
As we that are left grow old
Age shall not worry you
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember you.

The lost Marine was laid to rest with full military honors Saturday. A crowded Smithville Recreation Center filled with his sisters and brothers, their families, extended families, military personnel, fellow Aggies from Texas A&M University and Gov. Rick Perry, also a Texas A&M graduate, gathered to say "welcome home."

PostHeaderIcon 2nd Lt. Donald Matocha - Home at Last

Home at Last September 23, 2004 - Quala Matocha

Home at last. After missing in action in South Vietnam since April 5, 1968, the remains of U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Donald John Matocha finally came home to his family and friends in the small Southeast Texas town of Smithville. ...

"Semper fidelis" - the Marine Corps motto - means "Always Faithful" and that warm Saturday morning, the Department of Defense and the Corps held true to that promise as Matocha came home, 36 years after his final fight....

PostHeaderIcon Smithville Marine's remains to come home after 36 years

Smithville Marine's remains to come home after 36 years August 9, 2004 - AMERICAN-STATESMAN

More than 36 years after Marine 2nd Lt. Donald John Matocha of Smithville was killed in a firefight in Vietnam, and eight years after a former enemy told authorities where to find him, his nephew will be escorting some of his remains home...

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