Proposed Doc on Marine Corps Hero

Mario Ybarra, Jr., a 45-year-old filmmaker whose Marine father (above) was killed in Vietnam in 1966 eight days before his son’s first birthday, is working on a documentary that honors his father’s service and also deals with the years of emotional turmoil he endured following his father’s death.

Among other things the film will cover is Mario Jr.’s successful effort to have a new elementary school in Weslaco, Texas, named after his father, Pfc. Mario Ybarra.

The production still is in the planning stages and the filmmaker is looking for financial support. For more info, email him at

If you do, tell him you read about the project in VVA’s Arts of War on the web page.

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