Remains recovered June, 2012

Name: Merlin Raye Allen
Rank/Branch: E3/USMC
Unit: A Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division
Date of Birth: 22 October 1946
Home City of Record: Bayfield WI
Date of Loss: 30 June 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 161349N 1074301E (YC896956)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH46A
Refno: 0746

Other Personnel In Incident: John House; Michael Judd; John Killen; Glyn
Runnels (all still missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.


SYNOPSIS: Capt. John A. House was the pilot of an CH46A helicopter carrying
personnel assigned to Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine
Division near the city of Phu Bai, South Vietnam on June 30, 1967.

Among the passengers onboard the aircraft were members of Company A, LCpl.
Merlin R. Allen, LCpl. John D. Killen, and Cpl. Glyn L. Runnels. Also
onboard was the company's hospital corpsman, Petty Officer Third Class
Michael B. Judd.

The aircraft was hit by small arms fire, exploded and crashed. Although some
of the personnel aboard survived, House, Allen, Judd, and Killen were never
found, nor were remains recovered that could be identified as theirs. The
four men were listed as killed in action, body not recovered.

Nearly 2500 Americans did not return from Southeast Asia at the end of the
war. Some, like the pilot and passengers of the CH46, are probably dead and
will never come home. Since the end of the war, however, thousands of
refugee reports have been received that indicate hundreds of Americans are
still alive, held captive.

It is a matter of pride in the Marine Corps that one's comrades are never
left on the field of battle to fall into the hands of the enemy. One can
imagine that these men, had they survived, would willingly go one more
mission for the return of those who still await rescue. Although some of the
personnel aboard survived, House was never found, nor were remains recovered
that could be identified as his. He was listed as killed in action, body not


February 2013:  Lance Cpl. Merlin R. Allen, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion,
rdMarine Division, was lost on June 30, 1967, in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. The memorial service is
being held on June 29, 2013 and the burial will be on York Island, Bayfield, Wisconsin. His remains were
recovered in June, 2012.  POW MIA Organization met with our family to discuss their findings on February 16, 2013. 

Sheila Allen-Kelly


Sent: 5/2/2013 7:51:21 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: L/Cpl Merlin Allen from team Striker KIA/BNR 30JUN67 Returns Home
Jeff Savelkoul sent me a message that Merlin Ray Allen is finally coming home. On June 30, 1967 team Striker was aboard a CH-46 that ,was hit by enemy fire and crashed. Five Marines were not recovered from the downed aircraft. One survivor, L/Cpl Dennis M. Perry, died on 02July67 on injuries received. The missing men included Cpt. John House (pilot), team Striker members HM3 Michal Judd, Cpl. Glyn Runnels, Jr., L/Cpl Merlin Raye Allen, and L/Cpl John Killen. One of the survivors patrol leader Sgt. Eugene Castaneda was KIA 12AUG67. Jeff Savelkoul suffered fractures to his arm, shoulder, knees, skull, and had burns over 65% of his body.
Here is the link to Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel about Merlin Allen and his best friend Jeff Savekoul.
Through further research I found out that the memorial service for Merlin Allen will be held on June 29, 2013 in York Island, Bayfield Wisconsin. His remains were recovered in June, 2012.
Semper Fidelis my Brother Rest in Peace.

Marine Gets Funeral 46 Years On

Jul 01, 2013

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

BAYFIELD -- Merlin Allen returned home Saturday.

Home to the bucolic place where he grew up, played basketball, swam in Lake Superior, decided to enlist in the Marines and left to go to war.

For 46 years Allen has been gone, one of many American troops missing in action from the Vietnam War. A joint U.S. and Vietnamese recovery team last year found remains at a helicopter crash site in Thua Thien-Hue province that in February were positively identified as Allen's....