MARK, KIT THARP

Name: Kit Tharp Mark
Rank/Branch: Civilian
Unit: Dynalectron Corporation
Date of Birth: 05 June 1944
Home City of Record:
Date of Loss: 30 May 1970
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 135710N 1071757E (AR775365)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 3
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Cycle
Other Personnel in Incident: Charles R. Duke (missing)
Refno: 1625

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
NETWORK 2012.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: On Memorial Day weekend, 1970, Kit Mark and his friend, Charles
Duke reportedly left Pleiku, South Vietnam on their Hondas for a short trip
to a village nine miles north of Pleiku. They never returned.

A friendly helicopter in the area saw the two on Hondas, and the tire tracks
of two Hondas leading to a mountainside location where they found concealed
rockets pointing to the military base at Pleiku. Leaflets offering a reward
for any information were dropped, but no information surfaced about Mark or
Duke.

Although Duke and Mark were originally listed as being missing seven days
apart, their records were changed to reflect the accurate date of May 30,
1970.

Charles Duke and Kit Mark were not among the prisoners of war that were
released in 1973. High-ranking U.S. officials admit their dismay that
"hundreds" of Americans known or suspected to be prisoners of war did not
return.

Alarmingly, evidence continues to mount that Americans were left as
prisoners in Southeast Asia and continue to be held today. Unlike "MIAs"
from other wars, most of the nearly 2500 men and women who remain missing in
Southeast Asia can be accounted for. Duke and Mark could be among them.
Isn't it time we brought our men home?
 
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The Strange Disappearance of Two American Technicians From Vietnam's Central  Highlands
 
                                                                                                                                                                      April 2002 Issue
                                                                                                                                                                   Vietnam Magazine

After Charles R. Duke and Kit T. Mark disappeared in Pleiku Province, Vietnam on 30 May 1970, there were few leads to follow. Rather than casualties lost on the bloody battlefields of Vietnam's Central Highlands, both men were "civilian" aircraft technicians who had been "discharged" from the military and hired as civilian employees by the Dynaelectron Corporation. Instead of being dressed in jungle fatigues and laden with hand grenades and ammunition after being inserted into a combat area by venerable "Huey" gun ships, both men were wearing civilian clothing while pleasure riding on motorcycles at the time they became missing.
After initiating only a cursory investigation and with no evidence proving Duke and Mark alive or dead, the U.S. military placed their incident folder on the bottom of the stack and dismissed it to an inactive status. The Defense Prisoner of War and Missing-in-Action Office (DPMO) confirmed the "inactive" categorization in its recent "Comprehensive Review" released to Congress.
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