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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.

PostHeaderIcon 2nd Lt. Donald 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."