Mark L. Corrie (1966/06/07)
Mark Lane Corrie was born on January 5, 1948, in Los Angeles County, California; however, information regarding his family and pre-military life has not been located.
The name Mark Corrie Fraser is listed among the Vietnam War casualties of Kern County, California, with a corresponding reference to Aptos suggesting a possible connection.
Mark Corrie was apparently living in Aptos, California, when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in the late spring or summer of 1965. Because he was seventeen at the time of his enlistment, parental permission would have been required for him to enter the US Marine Corps. His age would also suggest that he might have left high school without finishing his senior year. Mark Corrie would have been sent to Camp Pendleton, California, to begin the twelve-week boot camp course that was the first phase of his training to become a marine. After a ten-day leave, likely at his home, Mark returned to Camp Pendleton to undergo the phase II, fifty-two-day school-of-infantry training.
At the completion of his training period, about March 1966, he was sent to Vietnam and assigned as a mortarman within an unidentified regiment of the 3rd Marine Division.
On June 7, 1966, Private First Class Mark Lane Corrie was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a non-hostile accident in the province of Thua Thien, Vietnam. He was killed in the crash and his body was returned to California where it was interred in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno California.
(CBR; VVMW; USDVA; Ancestry.Com, Kern County War Memorial; http://boards.rootsweb.com/topics.Military.wwii.memorials/360/mb.ashx, [16 September 2008])