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 2020.

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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02/2020

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CIVILIAN KIT THARP MARK

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On June 1, 1970, two American civilian employees of the Dynalectron Corporation were reported missing from Pleiku, Vietnam. The two men were last seen by a fellow employee, who reported that they had planned to ride motorbikes to an area south of Pleiku known as Bald Mountain on May 30. Extensive searches of the hospitals and villages in Pleiku and the surrounding area were launched, but produced no evidence of the two men. Both remain unaccounted for.

Mr. Kit Tharp Mark was one of the civilians reported missing on June 1, 1970. He was not seen or heard from again following his disappearance.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Active Pursuit.

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