Special Agent Mark A. Kirkland

Special Agent Mark A. Kirkland

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, August 25, 1977

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Mark A. Kirkland

Special Agent Mark Kirkland and Special Agent Trenwith Basford were killed when the float plane they were flying in crashed into Dewey Lake near Chisholm, Minnesota.

They were returning to Twin Lakes after assisting other agents in Duluth. The plane was being piloted by Agent Basford.

Agent Kirkland had been with the agency as an agent for four years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Minnesota

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I ran into this page by chance and was touched by the kind comments. Mark and I had been married almost six years when he died. We had two little boys: a toddler and a baby. No one will ever know how dedicated he was to his work as an FBI agent or how much he believed in America. I had the FBI insignia placed on his grave stone to honor that. He wanted to be an FBI agent from the time he was a boy. He was a beautiful father and a wonderful husband. Although life has continued to march on, I remember him as if it were yesterday and wish our sons could have known him. If he could hear me I would tell him that the promise I made at his graveside to raise them to be fine men like him has indeed been kept. They are amazing young men who are both happily married with successful carreers and families. God bless you, Mark. Even though you left us early, your legacy of service to others, American ideals, and family devotion lives on in our boys. Knowing you has blessed my life and theirs, and the lives of our ten grandchildren.

Julia Kirkland Andrus

November 23, 2018

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