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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Colonel 2
Birth:
29 May 1930 2
Death:
21 Aug 1975 2
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Full Name:
Mark Lane Stephensen 2
Birth:
29 May 1930 2
Male 2
Death:
21 Aug 1975 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 45 2
Body Recovered: Recovered on 1 Aug 1988 2
Casualty Date: 29 Apr 1967 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Residence:
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Colonel 2
Enlistment Type:
Reserve 2
Grade:
O6 2
Service:
Air Force 2
Unit:
11 TAC RECON SQD 2
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Religion:
Latter Day Saints (Mormon) 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 116 2
Panel: 18E 2

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COL Mark L Stephensen, USAF, MIA/KIA
Remains returned April, 1988
Command Pilot, RF-4C, Udorn RTAFB
Hometown: Riverton, Utah

My father was a loving husband, brother, son and father. We still miss him terribly. There are times when I wonder if this nation is worthy of his sacrifice.

My sister, Kyler, wrote an eulogy, saying in part, "He died defending democracy at a time when it was considered hypocrisy."

He has 5 grandchild whom he has never seen. He has 2 daughters-in-law and a son-in-law, none of whom will know his sense of humor.

They do know, from us, his children, his sense of duty and honor.

My family and I are forever indebted to the National League of POW/MIA Families whose courage and persistence facilitated his return to the nation he loved to be buried with full military honors as he was promised.

May God bless my father and may God Bless America.

Mark L. Stephensen II, son
846 Dogwood Place, Eagle Id 83616
msteph1771@aol.com

30 Jun 2003

My father was a hero.
Let no man or woman say otherwise.
He gave his life for me and for you.
Do not forget that very important fact.
My father was larger than life.
He remains so to this day.
I miss him deeply even after 36 years.

Please do not forget this brave and heroic man who was loved by a caring and patient wife and four bright children who knew that their husband and father knew where his duty lie. He loved us and he loved his country. He is greatly missed.

Take care to inform those whom you love that you love them dearly because there may not be a second chance. Enjoy your freedom and remember who gave their life so that you could enjoy freedom.

Never forget.

Thanks, Dad.

Written by Kristen Rathbun, loving daughter.
God bless you and God bless America.

4626 West Second Street, Greeley, CO 80634
homeontheplain@hotmail.com


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