Mark Charles RokaskiLance Corporal
A CO, 1ST BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
27 November 1948 - 29 May 1968
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In Memory Of You
In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
We are the Dead. Short days ago
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
If ye break faith with us who die
From one who remembers.
The photo and following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987. The special supplement was issued in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.
SEMPER FIDELIS, MARINE!
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Mark, you were and still are the love of my life. Your picture sits on my bedside table and I miss you each and every day. Since the day you left my life has only been half a life for my heart and ability to love died with you.
As the years pass and I become older I do not fear death for I know that it is the pathway back to you. How I long to hold you close and never let you go.
We met on the path of destiny, you smiled and took my hand. Little did we know for us fate held a tragic plan.
From his fiance',
A Note from The Virtual WallDuring May 1968 the 1st Bn, 3rd Marines were employed in Operation NAPOLEAN/SALINE, another of the never-ending sweeps intended to prevent North Vietnamese regulars from setting up shop in the area south of the DMZ. Between 25 and 31 May the Marines conducted sweeps north of the Cua Viet River, encountering stiff opposition on 27 May (7 US dead) and 29 May. The latter engagement, near the destroyed hamlet of Pho Con, resulted in the loss of 13 Marines:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Oct 2002
Last updated 11/05/2007