Rampside photos of Mark

These pictures were taken on a C-17 ramp service in Afghanistan. When a U.S. service member is killed, there is a formal ceremony with several military personnel present. Included in these pics are Mark’s commander, and his good friend and roommate in N.C., Bobby. When Bobby found out about Mark’s death, he was able to meet him at Kandahar and escort him home. Bobby told us he and Mark had briefly talked one day before deploying, that if one of them got killed, the other would escort him home. As hard as it was to be at Dover AFB when Mark arrived on 30 Sept, it was comforting to see Bobby there because we knew him, and he was Mark’s friend and was fighting the same terrorists Mark had been.