Cpl. Donald Matney

A small-town Missouri boy, Donnie joins the army at the age of 17 to see the world during peace time and is posted to the good life performing occupational duties in Japan. When the North Koreans attack, he is suddenly thrust into violent combat fighting a better armed and better prepared enemy. A mortarman who never fired a live round, he finds himself lobbing shells at the enemy across the Kum River. He disappears during the battle for Taejon. Over sixty years later, his family set out to retrace his journeys and possibly bring him home. But slowly, carefully they reconstruct the short life of Donald Matney, his exploits in Korea and bring him home to be buried by his mother. His story is told in the book “A Korean War Odyssey.”