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PAUL STUART ASHLINE

  • Wall Name:PAUL S ASHLINE
  • Date of Birth:7/17/1946
  • Date of Casualty:3/30/1966
  • Home of Record:ST ALBANS
  • County of Record:FRANKLIN COUNTY
  • State:VT
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line: 6E, 62
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

RICHARD ALLEN BLANCHFIELD

  • Wall Name:RICHARD A BLANCHFIELD
  • Date of Birth:2/27/1947
  • Date of Casualty:3/30/1966
  • Home of Record:PERRY HALL
  • County of Record:BALTIMORE COUNTY
  • State:MD
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line: 6E, 62
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

MARK STEPHEN BLACK


is honored on Panel 6E, Line 62 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • THANKS

    Posted on 3/26/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PFC BLACK,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A RIFLEMAN. SEMPER FI. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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  • Always Remembered Marine

    Posted on 4/15/16
    For the family, friends, classmates and Marines buddies of PFC Mark S. Black:

    I've provided a brief history of his life in the Marines. Who am I? ... just a neighbor ... a somewhat older friend ... a mentor, maybe ... watched out for him during our football games at the corner of Stevens and Van Giesen in Richland ... just someone who wanted to remember his bravery and sacrifice by adding something to a solitary name on the Wall.

    Mark enlisted in the Marines November 18th, 1964, eleven days after his seventeenth birthday, and shortly after beginning his junior year at Columbia High School, Richland, Washington. On June 30th, 1965 Mark's unit sailed from San Diego to Okinawa, then to Vietnam, arriving Da Nang on August 15th, 1965. Initially, 3/9's mission was to defend Da Nang Air Base. Starting in late Sept they moved southwest of Da Nang, taking over for 2/9. After more than 2 months of intense operations in that area 3/9 once again took over the defense of Da Nang Air Base.

    December 1965 and January 1966 were relatively quiet for Mark and the 3rd Battalion/9th Marines. On February 16th, 1966 3/9 removed from Da Nang Air Base, and relieved 1/9 in the field. Operating primarily east of the Song Vinh Dien, combat got more intense during February and March 1965 for Mark's unit. On March 29th all 3/9 companies except Kilo began Operation Alabama. Mark's company was assigned to Operation Golden Fleece, which was designed to prevent the VC from stealing rice from local farmers. It was during a March 29th night patrol while on Operation Golden Fleece that PFC Mark S. Black, age 18, detonated a booby trap.

    After 5 years of researching Mark's life in the USMC I had lost hope that I would find someone who was in the same outfit. Unbeknownst to me, Mark's best friend in K/3/9, PFC Joe Kennick, was also looking for information about his best friend, "Blackie." Miraculously our paths crossed! Joe only knew him as "Blackie" ... he wanted very much to know his full name so he could pay tribute to him at the Wall. At 9:45 pm that night Joe, who was in the rear of the squad, heard an explosion; Mark was down. Joe ran to help him and was with him until a helicopter evacuated him to the hospital at Da Nang. According to the letter Capt. Bob Brooks wrote to Mark's mother, at 2:45 pm on March 30th, 1966, Mark passed away.

    I received a note from another Marine was said he was on the same patrol that night, was wounded during a separate explosion, and was in the hospital bed next to Mark. We are working on corroborating this information.

    [The efforts of Major General James N. Mattis, USMC (1968 graduate of Richland High School) should not go unnoticed. While at the Pentagon Gen. Mattis's staff copied and sent me many documents about PFC Mark Black's tour of duty in Vietnam and the circumstances surrounding his death.]
    This was written from my dad James A. Johnson who recently passed away and knew PFC Black.
    For Private First Class Mark S. Black. Semper Fidelis.


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  • Family friend remembers

    Posted on 5/26/15 - by Judi Johannesen Johannesen@aol.com
    Mark's mother and mine were close when I was little, and they lived down Torbett from my house. After we moved to Seattle, I visited Mark's family when we came to Richland. Mark was the first person I knew personally who went to Viet Nam, and his death made the war real to me. Every Memorial Day, I wonder how his mother, Betty, his sister, Susan, or his brothers, John and Butch, are faring and sorrow at the cost of our wars on soldiers and their families.
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  • Semper Fi, Marine.

    Posted on 3/30/14 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/3/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Mark Stephen Black, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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