Roy Mark grew up in New Orleans. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1963 and received his basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He later served as a radiotelegraph operator with the First Anti Tank Battalion at Camp Pendleton and with the Marine Communications Detachment onboard the USS Mount McKinley (AGC 7). His final assignment was as an instructor at the Radiotelegraph School, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. During his service, he served nine days in Vietnam in support of Vietnamese Counteroffensive (Phase II) during July of 1966.
Mr. Mark attended Southeastern Louisiana University before beginning a career in the oil industry. In a career spanning three decades, he worked as a mud engineer, mud school instructor, oil well blowout prevention instructor, and drilling supervisor.
Roy has worked in locations around the world, including North and South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He lived in Indonesia from 1988 until relocating to Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2001.
Mr. Mark has written technical manuals on oil well blowout prevention for two companies and has written numerous short stories. He published “The Mark Family History” in 2005 and “The Texan and The Ice Boy” in 2014.
Where to find Roy Mark online
Live by Chance, Love by Choice, Kill by Profession
by Roy Mark
Live by Chance, Love by Choice, Kill by Profession is about the journey of young boys to the war in Vietnam and beyond. They were destined to be helicopter pilots—it was in their DNA. Roy Mark has done an outstanding job of describing many of the formative events—some serious, some frivolous and some hazardous—in the lives of these men and their families.
The Texan and The Ice-Boy
by Roy Mark
THE TEXAN AND THE ICE-BOY is a true story with a stunning twist. A road trip, crossing the Indonesian countryside from Jakarta to Bali, presents visual images of an exotic land. This true story is not your average travelogue; the surprise ending provokes deep thought, reflection, and sorrow.
Fixin' To Die Rag
by Roy Mark
Published: October 8, 2014
FIXIN’ TO DIE RAG is the true story of helicopter pilots and their crews in Vietnam. It’s the story of young warriors that were called to duty by conscience or country. They flew hazardous missions; they fought a deadly enemy; they prevailed against horrific odds; some good men died. They were decorated with medals of valor and Purple Hearts—far too many Purple Hearts.
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