In Memory of U.S. Marine Corporal
Mark Ernest Stoltenburg
Watertown, South Dakota, Codington County
October 29, 1945 -- July 21, 1966
Died of Wounds Received in Action in Vietnam
Mark Ernest Stoltenburg was born October 29, 1945, in
Mankato, Minnesota, to Ernest and Florene Stoltenburg. He had
two brothers, John and Ned, and two sisters, Nancy and Marcia.
Mark lived in both Ortonville, Minnesota, and Watertown, South
Dakota. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1963. Mark
liked horses, so he and John bought a horse, Lightning, but
later traded it for another horse, Queenie. Mark also liked to
hunt and ride motorcycles, especially his Harley which he rode
to work after school even during the winter. Mark had hopes of
becoming a law enforcement officer after his military service.
Mark Stoltenburg enlisted in the Marine Corps and did his
basic training at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California and
was stationed in Paris Island in South Carolina and Okinawa,
Japan for thirteen months before his re-enlistment. He was sent
to Vietnam in January of 1966 a member of the 3rd Battalion, 4th
Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.
Corporal Mark Ernest Stoltenburg was killed in the vicinity
of Quang Tri Province in Vietnam “as the result of gunshot
wounds sustained while participating in an operation against
hostile forces” on July 21, 1966. His body was recovered and
sent back to the United States and he was buried with military
honors at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Among his awards
was the Purple Heart.
Currently Mark is survived by his parents of New Ulm,
Minnesota; sisters: Nancy Schumann, Waukesha, Wisconsin and
Marcia Hutchins, Prior Lake, Minnesota, and brothers: John
Stoltenburg, Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and Ned Stoltenburg, West
This entry was respectfully submitted by Ashley Steele, 8th
grade student, Spearfish Middle School, March 22nd, 2006.
Information for this entry was provided by Watertown Public
Opinion issues July 25th, 1966 and August 3rd, 1966, and
Roxy Everson, cousin. Additional information and profile
approval by the Stoltenburg family via John Stoltenburg.