ALLEN, MERLIN RAYE 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. NETWORK. REMARKS: DED/CRSH BRN/SOM RECOV/NT SUBJ 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 recovered. 04/08/2013
February 2013: Lance Cpl. Merlin R. Allen, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion,
3rdMarine 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.
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....