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Date of Birth: 3/6/1945
Died On: 1/6/1970
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps - 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division

Veteran Code: VIET-115

Christopher Hugh Markey

Christopher H. Markey was born Marh 6, 1945 to Gerald F & Jeanne M Markey. He had on sister Margot and a brother Gerard and the family were parishioners of the Chrch of the Resurrection.

Christopher attended Resurrection School, Rye, Stepinac High School, White Plains and Bullis Academy in Silver Spring, Md.. Summers while in college he worked as a life guard at NY AC in Travers Island. Christopher graduated from Boston College in 1968 where he was a member of the varsity football team.

He enlisted upon graduation from college and served with U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Christopher attended officers training school at Quantico, Va., receiving his commission in February 1968. He was living in Birmingham, MI and was in the Marine Reserves, before he went into extended active duty 7 February 1969, at Quantico.

Christopher spent five months at Camp Pendleton, Oak, and was assigned to duty in Vietnam with the First Marine Division, Nov. 1, 1969.

Arriving in Vietnam 4 November 1969 he was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment,1st Marine Division.

Hotel Company was on a sweep near An Luu,10 kilometers northwest of Bien Ban when Christopher went across a rice paddy dike and tripped 2 M-26 grenades that were booby trapped with a trip wire.

He was wounded with multiple fragmentation wounds to the body and was med evac. 2nd Lt. Christopher H. Markey, USMCR, died on Jan. 6, 1970 of wounds received while on patrol in the Danang area of Vietnam on New Year's Eve 1969.

The 24-year old Marine officer and platoon leader had been in Vietnam for two months before he was fatally wounded.


★ Purple Heart
★ Combat Action Ribbon
★ Marksmanship Badge
★ National Defense Service Medal
★ Vietnam Campaign Medal
★ Vietnam Service Medal
★ Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation
★ Vietnam Gallantry Cross
★ Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
★ Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

A funeral mass for 2nd Lt. Christopher H. Markey, USMCR, was celebrated in Resurrection Church, on Monday, January 19 1970. Celebrant of the mass was the Rev. Edward J. Hanrahan, Dean of Studies at Boston College.

The burial was at St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y. with full military honors with the Marine Corps providing pallbearers, firing squad and bugler. Honorary pallbearers were his teammates from college including Robert Hyland of White Plains, then of the Green Bay Packers.

At the time of his death he was survived by his parents, Gerald F & Jeanne M Markey and a sister; Margot Markey all of 2531 Bradway Blvd, Birmingham, MI. His father was a retired USAF Colonel.

Christopher is honored on the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington DC. Name inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 14w, Line 5

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5 of 5 With due respect December 1, 2022
Reviewer: Bernard Markey from [email protected]  
I am an Irish Army Colonel and wish to pay compliments to my family namesake. Please excuse any intrusion. Bernard Markey Colonel Irish Defence Forces.

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5 of 5 Christopher Markey April 11, 2021
Reviewer: Suzanne O'Driscoll Adell from [email protected]  
He was born in 1945 and attended Stepinac High School in White Plains NY.   I believe that Chris graduated from Holy Cross College in 1967. His best friend, Bob Hyland, graduated from Boston College in 1967 also in Massachusetts.  He was such a kind sweet gentle guy. If he had come back from Vietnam and I could have found him, there would be a far different story.

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