MATOCHA, DONALD JOHN
Remains Found 03/2004
Name: Donald John Matocha
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O1
Unit: D CO 3 REC BN 3 MAR DIV
Date of Birth: 31 January 1945
Home City of Record: SMITHVILLE TX
Date of Loss: 05 April 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164854 North 1065815 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel in Incident:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2020
CACCF/GUNSHOT OR SMALL ARMS FIRE 3 YRS USMC/QUANG TRI
No further information available at this time.
Remains of Marine killed in Vietnam coming home to Texas
SMITHVILLE, Texas (AP) - ...Marine 2nd Lt. Donald John Matocha of Smithville
was killed in a firefight in April 1968 on Dong Ma mountain in what was then the
Republic of South Vietnam, but his body was not recovered.....
Vietnam vet's remains return
9/14/2004 11:07 AM
By: News 8 Austin Staff
The remains of a Marine from Smithville,...2nd Lt. Donald Matocha was killed
in a firefight in April, 1968 and his body placed in a makeshift grave by
Vietnamese soldiers on a mountain.....
2DLT DONALD JOHN MATOCHA
On June 17, 2004, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC,
now DPAA) identified the remains of Second Lieutenant Donald
John Matocha, missing from the Vietnam War.
Second Lieutenant Matocha entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Texas and was a member of Company D, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. On April 5, 1968, he was leading a reconnaissance patrol in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. While checking out a cave, the patrol came under heavy enemy fire, killing 2dLt Matocha. Sniper and mortar fire curtailed all attempts to recover 2dLt Matocha's remains at the time. In 1997, U.S. investigators traveled to Quang Tri Province and recovered human remains from a burial site correlating to this incident, and were later able to identify 2dLt Matocha from these remains.
Second Lieutenant Matocha is memorialized in the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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