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Mark Ryan Black

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Transcript of Mark Ryan Black

Lance Corpral Mark Ryan Black Mark Black began his tour on April 29, 1966. Mark was born on April 10, 1945 Mark was awarded with the 3rd Mardiv, Combined Action, Purple Heart, Vietnam Serivce, National Defense, and Vietnam Campaign. Mark was killed in action in Quang Tri, South Vietnam on August 14th, 1967 due to shots to the chest while on patrol in Cam Hu Village. What was happening in the US? Lance Corpral is the third lowest enlisted rank in the U.S. Marine Corps just above Private First Class and below Corporal. On February 3rd, 1966 Soviet probe Luna 9 is the first artificial satellite to 'land' on the moon. Mark was a star athlete at his high school and they developed an athletic award in memory of him. It's rewarded to a gradutating senior who shows the same qualities as Black was recognized for. On May 28th, 1966 Fidel Castro announced martial law in Cuba because of possible US attack. On June 13th, 1966 - The US Supreme Court ruled in the Miranda case that police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them. On May 20, 1967; 10,000 people demonstrated against war the in Vietnam. On January 27, 1967 the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union signed the Outer Space Treaty to ban nuclear weapons from outer space.
There is a memorial at Oak Hill High School which Mark and four other Vietnam soliders attended and will forever be remembered. The boys in the next picture are Mark's nephews. The last time I saw you was at the air strip in Phu Bai What a reunion. What fun slapping, hugging and laughing. We only had thirty minutes, but somehow I've always thought that God wanted me to have another chance to see you. A letter from Mark's best friend:
Your life was far too short but you had an impact. Many people loved you including me. You will never be forgotten, I've told my son and daughter and I'm sure they will tell their children about Grandpa's dear friend Mark Black. "He was a brave Marine, children." "He gave everything that he could for us." "God Bless Him." Special thanks to David Black, Mark's brother
for his great help and donated information. Mark wrote and recorded on tape many letters to home which have been published by his mother in a book titled Too Young To Die. Site of Mark's Death.
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