30 Jun '13, 4pm

46 years after his death in Vietnam, Marine returns home for funeral #military

46 years after his death in Vietnam, Marine returns home for funeral #military

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. In the Bayfield High School gym where Allen played basketball for the Trollers, his family, friends, Class of '65 classmates, veterans and townsfolk turned out to honor a warrior who loved being a Marine. The last two survivors of the helicopter crash traveled from their homes in Texas and Minnesota to honor their buddy and solemnly carry the folded flag and urn containing his remains. Jeff Savelkoul, who suffered...

Full article: http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/46-years-after-his...

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