Central Texas Marines

Mr. Mark Byrd

United States Marine Corps
1967 – 1971 

After receiving commission in 1967 attend The Basic School for Infantry Officer training and then flight school with the Naval Air Training Command in Pensacola. Trained in T34, T28 fighter/bomber, H-34, Bell Jet Ranger. Transitioned to UH1E gunships at Camp Pendleton and then one tour of duty in Vietnam, 1969-70 with HML 367, callsign "Scarface 47."

January 1990 – Present 

Develops, designs, and creates original bronze sculptures, primarily memorials honoring American military heroes.

Major works include:

Chosin Few Memorial (Changjin Reservior Battle Memorial) on grounds of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, dedicated 2017

Heroes of South Vietnam Memorial Statue, 2 life size bronze statues of American and Vietnamese soldiers, Veterans Memorial Park, Arlington, TX

Medal of Honor Memorial Sculpture, Medal of Honor Park, Gainesville, TX, Life size American eagle and 12 times lifes size models of the three service Medal of Honor Medals.

Marine Corps Engineers Memorial, monumental size Eagle, Globe and Anchor and 12" bronze medallion of Engineers emblem
1st Lt. Karl Richter, USAF, life size bronze statue in Mall of Heroes, USAF Academy

Roy Benavidez, Medal of Honor Sculpture, USA, life size bronze bust, Washington Hall at US Military Academy, West Point

Captain Valmore Bourque, USAF, AFC, KIA, life size bronze sculpture titled "The First Cadet" Mall of Heroes, USAF Academy

Captain Lance Sijan, USAF, MOH, life size bronze statue, Mall of Heroes, USAF Academy

LtCol Kevin Shea, USMC, life size bronze torso, Heritage Trail, USAF Academy

MSgt Roy Benavidez Bust, life size bronze bust, Benavidez Elementary School, San Antonio

Major Stephen W. Pless, USMC, MOH, life size bronze statue Veterans Memorial Park, Newnan, GA

Col Joe M. Jackson, USAF, MOH, life size bronze statrue, Veterans Memorial Park, Newnan, GA

Major Stephen Pless, USMC, MOH, and Flight Crew, life size busts at Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, Warner Robbins AFB, GA

Various awards (miniature sculptures) presented by USMC to distinguished Marines, commissioned by the Marine Corps Association & Foundation, Quantico, VA