|From the Tri
County Times 01/29/07:
Local marine killed in Iraq
Son of FHS teacher shot by sniper Thursday morning
By: Vera Hogan, Editor
The war in Iraq has hit home.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Mark David Kidd, 26, of Milford, was killed at a dangerous checkpoint between Fallujah and Baghdad the morning of Thursday, Jan. 25.
According to the family spokesperson and close personal friend Paige George, Kidd was shot in the neck by a sniper.
Kidd joined the U.S. Marines on Jan. 1, 2000, and was on active duty until Dec. 31, 2005. He had served in Iraq for two active tours of duty, however, one person in his unit was shot and Kidd chose to stay and do another tour and replace him.
"He didn't have to do that," George said. "That turned his two tours technically into three."
Kidd was honorably discharged and started attending Eastern Michigan University, where in 18 months he earned enough credit to graduate with only one semester left. "He was one semester shy of graduation," George said.
Kidd planned on attending law school, where he was going to major in international law.
"He was planning on working for the (U.S.) State Department," George said. "He was ready."
In April of 2006, Kidd was called back to duty with the Michigan Marine National Guard based out of Selfridge. His unit is still deployed in Iraq.
On the morning of his death, Kidd had just been moved to a dangerous checkpoint between Fallujah and Baghdad, when he was shot and killed.
Kidd's mother Janet is an art instructor at Fenton High School. "Mark proudly served the U.S. Marine Corps with honor. May God continue to bless America," she said.
Kidd's father Frank Kidd said his son had technically served three tours of duty in Iraq when he was called to serve a fourth. Kidd told his father, "If I don't go and serve someone will have to, so I will go and serve with honor."
Superintendent Peggy Yates said, "The entire Fenton Area Public School family mourns the Kidd family's loss. Mark, directly and indirectly, impacted the lives of many within our district."
Pam Bunka, a Fenton High School instructor and friend to Janet Kidd, said, "Mark was always thinking about others. During his first tour of duty, he told his mom how much he looked forward to and appreciated her care packages. He always shared the cookies and other goodies Janet sent to him, but he said he felt badly when some of guys serving with him received nothing from home.
"Janet could not bear to hear this, so she immediately began organizing drives to send care packages to men serving with Mark," Bunka added. "Just last week she started her annual Valentine's Day project for our troops. This type of selflessness and compassion for others is a way of life for the entire family."
Kidd attended Wixom Christian School. In addition to his parents Frank and Janet Kidd of Milford, he is survived by a brother, Matthew. His grandparents are Joseph and Wanda Kidd of Milford, and Daniel and Hulda Piercecchi of Livonia.
Although details are still pending, Kidd's funeral will take place at Cornerstone Presbyterian in Brighton.