CHARLES W. MARIK, LCDR, USN
Charles Marik '63
Date of birth: April 14, 1939
Date of death: June 25, 1966
From the 1963 Lucky Bag:
From USNA Class of 1963:
On June 25, 1966, LT(jg) Charles Marik and Lieutenant Commander Richard M. Weber, pilot, were the crew of an A-6A from USS Constellation (CV 64) on a combat mission against the Hoi Thuong Barracks, a coastal target in northern Vietnam. Their aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire in the tail section during a bombing run on the target and the pilot found the aircraft was not responding to control. Both crewmen bailed out and the pilot was in contact with Lieutenant Marik while descending but did not observe him actually land in the water. The pilot landed in the water approximately 3-5 miles from the beach in the South China Sea. After landing he shouted for LT(jg) Marik and fired his weapon into the air but never received a response. An airborne SAR force rescued Commander Weber but was unable to locate any trace of Marik after a four hour search.
Charles has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.
From Wall of Faces:
Charles was my mother's cousin and I have been looking for information for him. This is the first time I have seen a picture of him. I have always thought of him, especially after I joined the Air Force.
Charles your family misses you and loves you very much.
Your ever loving cousin, MAURA MARIK WANE, 1/29/03
Charlie and I worked together for three years during HS, at Greenbriar Hills CC, here in Kirkwood. He was the caddymaster and I ran the refreshment stand. We had many good times together after work. We went to different high schools (he to Eugene Coyle here in Kirkwood and I to Christian Brothers College HS in Clayton) and he was a year older - but we "doubled" a number of times. We lost track after he graduated - it was only in 2014 that I found him via a Google search. Sad. TOM MAHER - KIRKWOOD, MO, 5/27/15