Mark Williams began his life in 1964 wrapped in a blanket and left on a curb on the cold streets of Izmir, Turkey.
A fireman found him and took him to the hospital and later to the orphanage. No one was sure how old he was, but the staff guessed he was one to two months and settled on a birthdate of January 4, 1964. Six months passed at the orphanage until being adopted by a United States military family who named him Mark Allyn Williams.
Over the next six years Mark and his family lived in Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy until moving to the US and landing in Virginia. Mark’s father, then a U.S. Army Colonel, was stationed in the Pentagon as part of the Joint Chief of Staff. In 1974, the family’s final move was to Georgia. Mark’s dad retired at Fort McPherson as a 1-Star General.