Dickinson County

Lt. Morris R. Marks

 

News Happenings from Lake Park

Morris Marks, twin son of Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Mark, has been accepted in the U. S. Army Air Corps after three days of examinations at Des Moines and is home awaiting his call for training. He is a graduate of Ames and has been assisting his father on the farm north of town.

Source: Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Thursday, April 30, 1942, Page 12

News Happenings from Lake Park

Aviation Cadet Morris R. Marks, son of Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Marks, was a member of the fifth class to be graduated from the Marana Basic Flying School near Tucson, Ariz. Among the cadets in the class were Chinese students sent to this country from China for flying instruction. Cadet Marks goes to Advanced flying school at Marfa, Texas, where he will study advanced single and twin engine flying and final training necessary before he receives his wings.

Source: Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Thursday, March 25, 1943, Page 2

Lake Park Youth Wins His Wings
At Marfa, Texas

MARFA, TEXAS – Morris Rusch Marks, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Marks, Lake Park, Iowa, received his wings when he graduated as a second lieutenant from the Marfa, Tex., AAF Advanced Flying School, it was announced by Col. Gerald Hoyle, Commanding Officer.

Lieutenant Marks was commissioned upon completion of his course in training in twin-engine planes. He was assigned here from Marana Basic Flying School, Tucson, Arizona.

Lieutenant Marks is a former student of Iowa State College [present-day Iowa State University, Ames] and a graduate of the Lake Park High school.

Source: Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Thursday, May 27, 1942, Page 7

MARKS, Morris, Lt. Reported missing in action Feb. 21, 1944, pilot of B-17 bomber shot down over Holland while returning to England from a bombing mission over Germany. The remains of Lt. Marks and two other crew members who did not survive, S/Sgt. Larry M. Cuyler and SSgt. Arden L. Miner, were returned to the United States and were interred together at Fort McPheson National Cemetery on September 21, 1950. Their remains could not be identified individually and they were interred together.

Sources: Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Thursday, February 14, 1946, Page 6 & findagrave.com

Dedicate Lake Park Church
In Special Services on Sunday

LAKE PARK – Special services at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Presbyterian church at Lake Park dedicated several gifts to the church to be used for music and beautifying the structure. Included in the dedication by Reverend Thaden and the congregation were . . . the stained glass window depicting Christ blessing little children, which was presented by Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Marks and neighbors in memory of their son, Lt. Morris Marks . . . .

Source: Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Thursday, April 03, 1952, Page 11