One missing in action soldier’s exploits brought to life in ‘A Korean War Odyssey’

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Author Tom Gormley chronicles the life and times of Corporal Donald Matney in his publishing debut

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The picture of a young soldier with ears sticking out has forever graced the kitchen of Tom Gormley’s mother-in-law. When asked about it, she would reply that her younger brother Donnie disappeared during the Korean War at the tender age of 18. In 2010, he and his wife, Sandy, set out to discover what happened to her uncle and to bring him home. The details of their journey are now shared to the reading public within the pages of “A Korean War Odyssey” (published by Trafford Publishing).

Set in the backdrop of the Korean War, this story is about Corporal Donald Matney — his exploits and sudden disappearance, and the efforts made to locate and bring him home. The saga begins with a Korean history lesson told through the eyes of Woo Kyu-Chul, a fictional young refugee and family fleeing the North Korean invasion. It continues from the viewpoint of a soldier on occupation duty in Japan suddenly thrust into a violent “police action.” Both characters witness the atrocities of war until one disappears. Through alternating perspectives, the account continues weaving what happened during the war with how the author and his wife identified this missing young soldier. Throughout, the major events of the war flow through the researched perspectives of the participants.

“We researched many personal accounts, books and government records about the war and Uncle Donnie's regiment,” Gormley shares. “Our journey took us to Washington, DC; Seoul, Korea; and many places in between. But slowly, carefully, step-by-step, we reconstructed the short life of Sandy’s uncle Donnie, identified his remains, and returned him to rest by his mother’s side in Missouri.”

The publication of “A Korean War Odyssey” aims to give readers a glimpse of what may have happened during the Forgotten War. The author adds that anyone who desires to understand why the U.S. still has presence on this Asian peninsula today will gain a new viewpoint through the book. Visit to get a copy and for more information about the author.

“A Korean War Odyssey”
By Tom Gormley
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 244 pages | ISBN 9781490799193
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 244 pages | ISBN 9781490799209
E-Book | 244 pages | ISBN 9781490799186
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
A native of Ohio, Tom Gormley graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in engineering and Colorado State University with a master’s in business administration. With over 40 years business experience in high tech industries, Gormley is now writing. An avid history buff, his first story tells of locating his wife’s uncle, Corporal Donald Matney, long lost during the Korean War. He and his wife, Sandy, call Colorado their home. They love to travel.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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