In Memory of U.S. Army Private First Class
Michael David Marks
Sioux Falls, South Dakota/ University Heights, Ohio, Minnehaha
County/ Cuyahoga County
August 5, 1943 –January
Killed in Action in Long An, South Vietnam
Michael David Marks was born on August 5, 1943, to Philip and
Sara Marks. His siblings included two brothers, Buddy and Terry,
and a sister, Judith. It is believed he was raised and educated
in University Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. He worked
for the Richards Company and was transferred to Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, where he lived for only five months before being
drafted into the Army. While he was in Sioux Falls, he lived at
the Kenwood Manor Apartments, which still operate today.
Michael Marks enlisted on May 23, 1967, and shortly
thereafter arrived at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, for his basic
training. His additional training was at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
In early September of 1967 PFC Marks was en route to United
States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC). He was assigned to
Company E, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry
Division on November 2, 1967.
On January 8, 1968, Private First Class Michael David Marks
was killed in action in Long An Province, South Vietnam.
Although his status was first reported as missing in action to
his parents on January 10, his body was soon recovered and his
status was changed to killed in action two days later. A funeral
service was held on Sunday, January 21, 1968, at the
Miller-Deutsch Memorial Chapel in University Heights, Ohio,
followed by burial at the Mount Olive Cemetery, a Jewish
cemetery where other members of his family are also buried.
Among his awards, PFC Marks was awarded the National Defense
Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and Expert Badge w/Rifle.
Although Michael entered the service from South Dakota and as
such is officially listed as a South Dakota casualty, he was
born, raised, educated, and buried in his home state of Ohio.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen,
teacher, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD, June 15, 2006.
Information for this entry was provided by a brief military
record courtesy of National Personnel Records Center, the
Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 1/16/68 issue, and a brief notice
in the Plain Dealer, 1/21/1968 issue, via the Cleveland