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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."

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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