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"I am going to try to tell you now what the war is like over here…" (Audio letter, April 15, 1967, 4:05)

   Mark Ryan Black
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Mark Black, Camp Pendleton Advance Combat Training [10/1966]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: 1st Battalion, 9th Marines; Papa 3 Combined Action Company
Service Location: San Diego, California; Camp Pendleton, California; Okinawa Island (Ryukyu Islands); Philippines; Cam Lo, Dong Ha, and Hue, Vietnam
Rank: Lance Corporal
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Upon departing for training, Marine Corps Lance Corporal Mark Ryan Black told his family, “Don’t expect me to write much.” Contrary to expectations, he spent much time in country composing both written letters and tape-recorded audio letters, communicating the details of what he was seeing, feeling, and experiencing. Speaking into a tape recorder allowed him to “talk” to his family, friends, and community back home; in his letters, he provided frank descriptions of combat and going on patrol. Stationed in Quang Tri Province with a Combined Action Company (CAC) unit, he was killed by enemy fire during an attack on his compound on August 14, 1967. His letters, transcribed by his mother after his death and presented along with 341 photos that he took in-country, eloquently document one Marine’s service in Vietnam.

Multimedia Recordings
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Sound Recording
»Audio letter from December 10, 1966  (6 min.)
»Audio letter from December 23, 1966  (16 min.)
»Audio letter from December 25, 1966  (20 min.)
»Audio letter from January 5, 1967  (8 min.)
»Audio Letter from January 15, 1967  (14 min.)
»Audio letter from January 24, 1967  (25 min.)
»Audio letter from January 27, 1967  (14 min.)
»Audio letter from January 29, 1967  (11 min.)
»Audio letter from February 6, 1967  (19 min.)
»Audio letter from April 15, 1967  (43 min.)
»Audio letter from April 30, 1967  (30 min.)
»Audio letter from May 11, 1967  (24 min.)
»Audio letter from May 18, 1967  (17 min.)
»Audio letter from May 25, 1967  (19 min.)
»Audio letter from May 31, 1967  (13 min.)
»Audio letter from June 9, 1967  (16 min.)
»Audio letter from June 15, 1967  (26 min.)
»Audio letter from June 18, 1967  (17 min.)
»Audio letter from June 22, 1967  (12 min.)
»Audio letter from June 27, 1967  (19 min.)
»Audio letter from July 2, 1967  (17 min.)
»Audio letter from July 9, 1967  (18 min.)
»Audio letter from July 18, 1967  (25 min.)
»Audio letter from July 26, 1967  (16 min.)
»Audio letter from August 4, 1967  (4 min.)
»Audio letter from August 10, 1967  (19 min.)
  Photos
»Photo Album (341 photos)
 Personal Correspondence
»Letter to Black’s parents from Colonel C.R. Burroughs describing the school built at site of Black’s death [July 6, 1969]
 Memoir Memoir
»View List (2 items)
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»Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 4
 PDF Document (2 items)
Too Young to Die: "Mementos" of Mark Ryan Black, LCPL USMC, April 10, 1945 - August 14, 1967 Letters of the Vietnam War Era 1966-1967 from L/CPL. Mark Ryan Black, U.S.M.C. 
  
 

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