Mark Alan Knollmeyer

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
16 May 1949 - 19 September 1968
Seattle, Washington
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Mark Alan Knollmeyer

12 Feb 2004

Mark and I were friends back in the world. We were in the Boy Scouts together and shared the life that boys do. Then one day my friend became a man and went to Vietnam to fight for freedom. The very freedom that we share this day.

I went to his funeral in White Center and watched his family cry and mourn his death, but in their mourning they were proud as I was cause Mark A. Knollmeyer was a Patriotic American and was my hero. I left his funeral and went straight to the Recruiter and joined the military and less than a year later I was in Vietnam to get revenge for the loss of my friend. After arriving in country, I abandoned the thought of revenge and fought for freedom just as Mark had done before me. He paid the ultimate price and I said that he would never die in vain. I fullfilled my service and came back to the world but I left a large part of myself in Vietnam and I will never be the same. I only hope that I can be a hero for someone like Mark was a hero for me. I have worn a Dog Tag with his name around my neck for over thirty years now and in my heart he will never be forgotten. I have an etching of his name Panel 43W Line 38, and will never forget the sacrifice he made for our country.


Sp 5th Class Karl A. Schneider

11 May 2004

I graduated from Sealth High School with Mark and I remember him well.

I remember the day I heard of his supreme sacrifice, I was greatly saddened. In my prayers, I thank him and the other 17 brothers who paid the ultimate price, that I and my family may enjoy the blessings of liberty.

Mark's loss was not in vain.

Thank you, Mark.

From a High School Classmate,
Dennis R. Anderson
LtCol USAF (Ret.)
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 19 September 1968, in the midst of Operation Mameluke Thrust, Fox Company 2/7 Marines lost 14 men:
  • Cpl Thomas J. Cavanaugh, Waterbury, CT (Navy Cross)
  • Cpl Edgar A. Smith, Mount Vernon, NY
  • LCpl Mark A. Knollmeyer, Seattle, WA
  • LCpl John L. Krol, New York, NY
  • LCpl Roy W. Rich, Wartrace, TN
  • LCpl Pedro S. Rodriquez, Waco, TX
  • LCpl Philip J. Wajda, Chicago, IL (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Michael A. Figueroa, East Springfield, PA
  • Pfc James D. Kelley, Greeneville, TN
  • Pfc Peter D. Matarazzo, Rochester, NY
  • Pfc Terrence Moran, New York, NY
  • Pfc Gary E. Noles, East Wahneta, FL
  • Pfc Mark L. Triplett, St Charles, IL
  • Pvt Francis S. Rhoades, Elmer, NJ

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Sp 5th Class Karl A. Schneider 
14 Feb 2004

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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