Condolences for Navy MA Mark Mayo

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Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, 24

Leave your condolences for Master-at-Arms Mark Mayo in the comments below. 

Mayo was shot and killed Monday, March 24th aboard the USS Mahan by a civilian who had boarded the ship while it was docked at Naval Station Norfolk.

“Petty Officer Mayo’s actions on Monday evening were nothing less than heroic. He selflessly gave his own life to ensure the safety of the Sailors on board USS Mahan (DDG 72),” said Capt. Robert E. Clark, Jr., commanding officer, Naval Station Norfolk. “Petty Officer Mayo’s family has endured a tremendous loss, as have the men and women of Naval Station Norfolk, in the loss of a shipmate and friend.”

A Hagerstown, Md. native, Mayo enlisted in the Navy in Oct. 2007 and reported to Naval Station Norfolk in May 2011.


  • MaryAnn Terry

    My heart aches for the loss you must be feeling. I never had the pleasure of meeting your sailor, but I thank God for him. He was a blessing to this world, to his family and friends, and to the shipmate he died to protect. Your son is a true hero. I pray that God gives you the comfort needed in the coming days. ((NMH))

  • Rev. Cindy

    Mrs. Mayo and family, as God gave his only begotten son, so have you given your son that he may save the lives of others as well. I wished I would have had the honor of meeting Mark. But know this, we all have a mission in life, and Mark’s mission was to save his fellow officer. We never understand God’s plan but he not only saved her life but the lives of many on the ship. He returns to God, now to serve him. Know that Mark was very blessed as you were very blessed to have him for a son. May you find peace and solace in the days to come through the memories Mark left for you and your family. Men like Mark that serve our country to keep us safe, is the reason America has survived. Thank you Mark. You are safe now.

  • Jennifer Smith

    I am a former YN3 and my son is currentlly an MA. Didn’t know your son but in the Navy we all are family. He gave his life so that another may live a true Hero. May God bless your family.

  • Michael Hollis

    I had the pleasure to work with Mark in Spain. My condolences go to the family and friends who knew. He will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Mark you will be truly missed.

  • Kelly

    Thank you to you and your family for your service. You are a true hero. My husband, who is on the USS George H.W Bush, and I send our prayers to your family.

  • Barb Barrie

    I personally wanted to thank you for having such a brave sailor. My daughter is in the Navy and that could have been her or any other brother or sister of this brave group. You should be very proud and I am so sorry for your loss. Know that your son is loved by every Navy Mom and Navy Dad. God Bless you.

  • Jody Kneeland

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that Gid will hold you in the comfort of his loving arms. Thank you for allowing your son to give of himself so selflessly. He truly is a hero.

  • outtamoneyusa

    To the family of Master-at-Arms Mark Mayo: My deepest sympathy.

    His actions are the finest and bravest of any young soldier/sailor – he saw danger and intervened to stop the aggressor. There is no tellling how many others would have died had he not reacted. He deserves the respect of his countrymen and its highest recognition: the Medal of Honor.

    May God bless you in your sorrow at this tragic and randomly senseless act.

  • earl

    my son anthony serve with this young man.. they went to boot camp and they went to Bahrain together…. My condolences go to the family and friends who knew him. He will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Mark you will be truly missed.

  • MaryK

    God bless you for your unbelievable courage, your a true hero may your family find peace one day. Until that time comes watch over them especially your mom, love from a mom of two US sailors….

  • Wanda

    With deepest sympathy to the family of Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo. My son met your son in Rota Spain. My son is in the USAF. He enjoyed talking with your son about their hometown, Washington, DC. Prayers are lifted for your family. Your son was a true hero.

  • George Ryan MM2 USN-veteran

    Fair winds and following seas to a brave man who gave his life to save someone else. I send a prayer to God for peace to be granted to his family and loved ones.

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