John Mark Avery
United States Marine Corps
Cottondale, Alabama
August 06, 1937 to October 30, 1968
(Incident Date October 25, 1968)
JOHN M AVERY is on the Wall at Panel W40, Line 59

Combat Action Ribbon
John M Avery
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22 Oct 2001

You were my Senior Drill Instructor.

I feared you and respected you.
I would have followed you to hell!
But I went first, as you said I would,
and you followed later.

MCRD, Parris Island 1966-Plt. 168
Your Boot, Private Fitzpatrick

28 Oct 2001

I served with Mark Avery from 1955 through 1957 at Camp LeJeune, N.C. in the 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion.

He is remembered.
George A. Lewis

12 Nov 2005

Mark was a good friend and neighbor. I served with him not only at Camp LeJeune, but also in Hawaii. Still think of him and his family.

From a friend,
Sam M. Mancari, 1Sgt (Ret)

18 Jun 2006

Mark was my brother-in-law. His name Mark is fitting. He marked a spot in your heart that never leaves. I admire his courage to serve our country, dedication to the Marine Corps and the love he had for his family.

We cannot replace those who give their lives in conflicts, only march forward with hope that the world will become a better place for the price paid. God has blessed the United States. Our strength lies in his continued guidance.

Our knees should bend, our heads bow and our words echo appreciation for all service personel. Semper Fi

From his sister-in-law,
Ann Meadows Pitt
324 Market St NE 3C
Decatur, Al 35601

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Gunnery Sergeant Avery and two others were wounded in action on 25 Oct 1968 when his LVTP5 (hull number H-12) struck a land mine while operating in company with Bravo Company, 3rd AMTRACS. GySgt Avery died from those wounds on 30 Oct 1968.

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