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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....

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