MARK S BLACK
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HONORED ON PANEL 6E, LINE 62 OF THE WALL

MARK STEPHEN BLACK

WALL NAME

MARK S BLACK

PANEL / LINE

6E/62

DATE OF BIRTH

11/07/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/30/1966

HOME OF RECORD

RICHLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Benton County

STATE

WA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MARK STEPHEN BLACK
POSTED ON 10.11.2002
POSTED BY: Peter F . Bowman

A True Patroit

I was a classmate of Mark's at Columbia High School in Richland, Washington. Although I can't say that Mark was a friend of mine, I remember him from gym class. I remember when Mark left school to join the Marine Corps and when we were notified of his death. Mark's service to his country and his death made an impact on my life. His name was the first I looked for when I visited the Wall.His name is also on a memorial at the cemetary in Richland. He was also the first person that I knew that was killed in Vietnam, He made the war personal for me. I joined the Marine Corps in 1968 and served in Vietnam from September 1968 to October 1969. Mark you are remembered and missed.
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POSTED ON 12.2.1999
POSTED BY: Tom Mattis

No Longer Unmourned

I'm saddened to know that there are no remembrances for Mark. He was, briefly, a childhood friend who lived down the street from me. He left Columbia High School in Richland, Washington, after his sophomore or junior year to join the Marines. His death occured just before our class of 1966 graduated. He was remembered at the senior assembly with a long moment of profound silence by his classmates.

I joined the Marines in 1967 and also served in Vietnam. His early death haunted me. To this day I often wonder what kind of man Mark would have grown to be. On each of my four visits to the wall I pause before his name, and remember him. I hope others who knew Mark in Richland or as fellow Marines will read this and join me in remembering, and in mourning his loss.

Tom Mattis
Salem, Oregon
US Marine Corps 1967-1970
Vietnam 1968-69
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