Navy Hospital Corpsman  

3rd Class Mark R. Cannon

31, of Lubbock, Texas; assigned to 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; died Oct. 2, 2007 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.


Special thanks to donors to the endowed scholarship in Mark's memory:

G. Thomas Cannon, Lubbock

Erica Orf-Ostroski, Overland Park, KS

Bob & Kathy Orf, St. Joseph, MO

Bill and Karen Wallace, Lubbock

Cody W. McCurdy, Houston, TX

Sargeant Thomas William Patterson, Japan

Kristi Hutchison, Kansas City, MO

Greg Hinex, Kansas City, KS,  In Honor of Erica Orf-Ostroski

Joshua Ziegler, Kansas City, MO

Michael Lawrence, Shawnee, KS

Judge Nancy and Rich Koenig, Lubbock

Aurora Farthing, Lubbock

Rich Martin, Hopedale, MA

Rick McGuane, Hopedale, MA

Chancellor Kent and Susie Hance, Lubbock

David & Stacie George, Lubbock

Brent & Cheryl Burrows, Lubbock

Scott & Jane Piercy, Lubbock

Ms. Cynthia Determan, Orange, CA

Mr. Robert Lane, Overland Park, KS

Ms. Alisa Fiser, Shawnee, KS

Alene Martin, Clovis, NM

Mira Jean Kaufman, Lubbock

Associate Judge Patricia Moseley, Lubbock

Warren New, Denver City, TX

Doug & Angela Boren, Lubbock

Mr. Richard Embers, Lenexa, KS

Mr. W.M & Mrs. Kay Wilson, Seneca, SC

Ms. Dixie McChesney, Lubbock

Debra Waldorf, Leawood, KS

Myrtle & James McDonald, Lubbock

Traci Strickert, Lees Summit, MO

Ted & Lisa Mavrotheris, Madison, AL                 Parents of Michael Vigo, fellow corpsman and friend of Mark in Afghanistan

Dustin and Kristin Sollars, Kansas City, MO

Chrisie Reinert, St Joseph, MO

Kenneth R. Miller, Grand Prairie, TX

Mr. Phil C. Price, Lubbock

John McCollum & Dr. Cheryl Hall, Lubbock

Clara Lynn Liles, St. Joseph, MO

Kerry & Kathy Zubras, Lubbock

Mick Ellsasser, Lubbock

Larry & Lori Zillner, St. Joseph, MO

Mike  & Shauna Lyon, Cleveland, MO

Randy & Pat Ward's fundraiser at the Gunshop

Steven G and Peggy (Pam) Knight, Leawood, KS

Kelly Whitman, Lubbock

Mike & Rhea Irish, Lubbock

Allen Patterson, Apex, North Carolina

James and Beverly Kraus, Columbus, GA

Total raised so far:  $22,000

Lubbock Avalanche Journal's Funeral Slideshow

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's article of Mark's funeral

Mark's Obituary





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In Iraq Doc Cannon was one of two docs or Corpsman my platoon had. We had three squads so those two docs swapped back and forth when we went on patrol. I loved going out with Doc, because we would always have fun. He always kept me laughing doing funny stuff and telling jokes I won’t repeat. But on a serious note, I watched him save the life of a man who was shot three times with bullets in the back and legs. Doc then helped me and our platoon sergeant, SSGT Charley load the man in the helo and he lived, despite his wounds and losing over a liter of blood. So I never was scared with Mark around watching my back. A corpsman that good is hard to find, and one that's that good and a great friend with an awesome attitude... hell I don't know if there's too many out there at all.

Stephen Mercer, SGT USMC

Photo provided by Steve Mercer, SGT USMC

Mark Russell Cannon was born Nov. 21, 1975 in Lubbock, Texas to Tom Cannon and the late Becky Cannon.

He was a 1994 graduate of Coronado High School and was trained as a nurse at South Plains College. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 2003 and served as a hospital corpsman. Mark was deployed to Iraq in 2006. In 2007 he was deployed to Afghanistan where he was killed in a firefight on Oct. 2, 2007 while giving medical aid to a wounded marine.



Tom Cannon at Ribbon Cutting on Memorial Circle


Click here  to see a slideshow  produced in memory of HM3 "Doc" Cannon, from his brothers in "The Deuce" 2nd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. "America's Battalion"" 

PS- If you would rather mail your donation in please follow these instructions: Checks can be made out to the TTU Foundation, with the memo on the check or an attached note stating that the check is for the Mark Cannon Memorial Scholarship.
Please mail to the address below:
Attention: Jane Piercy, Development Director
Texas Tech CASNR
PO Box 42123
Lubbock, TX 79409-2123
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