Greater Love Hath No Man Than This,
That A Man Lay Down His Life For His Friend.
Mark loved sports cars, the Beach Boys, photography, Jan and Dean, The
Ventures, Sherry, playing chess and flying. Mark was our only brother,
and we hope you see that he is not just a name on The Wall..........he
was a son, a brother, a friend, a cousin, a nephew, an uncle, a brother-in-law,
and a fine pilot.
Mark began his tour in Vietnam on September 25,1968. He was assigned to
the 361st Aviation Company Escort, The Pink Panthers, stationed at Camp
Holloway in the Central Highlands. This unit primarily flew support for
SOG (Studies and Observations Group) a joint service, highly classified,
unconventional and clandestine operation. These missions were dangerous
and demanding for both the ground elements and the supporting air assets.
The 361st flew support for teams being inserted along the Cambodian and
Loatian borders. These teams were from the 5th Special Forces based at
Mark flew the AH-1G Cobra Helicopter for 9 months. During this time he
was shot down twice, before being Killed in Action. On a mission not normally
flown by the 361st, Mark as aircraft commander and Warrant Officer Michael
Mahowald as pilot, on June 16, 1969, were shot down by hostile fire
while scouting a remote highway for a convoy.
During his brief military career Mark was awarded the Army Aviator Badge,
the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star,
the Army Commendation Medal with "V" for Valor, the Air Medal with 21 oak
leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon,
Vietnam Merit Medal with one bronze service star, and the National Defense
Mark's name appears on Panel 22 West, Line 57 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
in Washington, D.C.
He was 22 years old. He was the 22nd person to be Killed In Action from
our hometown of Hialeah, Florida.
Submitted and Remembered by:
Susan Clotfelter Jimison
Nida Dee Dubel
1Apr1998 -- 03Nov2007