Lamar A Eikman
Rank: Major (R)
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Age 44 His death is a tragic and needless one. Mark was obviously in great pain and unable to confide in any friend or family member for whatever reason. This tragedy however does not diminish the man that was. Mark served his country with great honor and pride.
I was one of "those kids" who got married right before enlisting and at the time had never heard of combat control or pararescue. My now ex-wife had convinced me that I needed to do something different, so I did the paperwork to drop and gave it to the class leader.
By the time they returned from their morning run I had come to my senses, but the class leader had already given the paper to then MSGT Eikman. After a couple hours of the mud pit and other creative ideas Eikman came up with he said he would let me stay.
That he would hold on to the paper and if I dropped from a run, swim, anything, he would use the paper and boot my butt. On my final eval he was waiting for me on my swim with paper in hand.
When I finished and saw that I made the time he shook my hand and said "never allow anyone to change my mind from something I want to do or achieve!". He then handed me the paper and told me good luck.
In the picture I am the one to Eikman's left. I have another great picture of him and our graduating class on his vintage motorcycle (circa 1991).
I later ran in to 2nd Lt. Eikman when he and his team where in town at the 21 for training. I was crushed when I heard the news of his passing and was unable to get back to the states due to being deployed. RIP Brother!
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