Allen, Merlin Raye, LCpl

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Last Rank
Lance Corporal
Last Primary MOS
2531-Field Radio Operator
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 2531, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn
Service Years
1965 - 1967

Lance Corporal


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bayfield, WI

Casualty Date
Jun 30, 1967
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Allen Family Cemetery - York Island, Wisconsin
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 22E Line 086

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialNational League of POW/MIA FamiliesAmerican Battle Monuments CommissionThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  1967, National League of POW/MIA Families
  2013, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Scuba Badge
Basic Parachutist
Rifle Sharpshooter

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
3rd Recon Bn
  1966-1967, 2531, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Incident Date 670630 HMM-265 CH-46A - BuNo 152515+ / EP-168 - Crash, burn, automatic weapons fire during recon insertion

House, John Alexander CAPT Pilot HMM-265 MAG-16/1stMAW/IIIMAF 670630 (vvm 22:087)
Allen, Merlin Raye LCpl Passenger HMM-265 A/3rdReconBn/3rdMARDIV/IIIMAF 670630 (vvm 22:086)
Judd, Michael Barry HM3 Corpsman-Pass HMM-265 A/3rdReconBn/3rdMARDIV/IIIMAF 670630 (vvm 22:088)
Killen, John Dewey LCpl Passenger HMM-265 A/3rdReconBn/3rdMARDIV/IIIMAF 670630 (vvm 22:088)
Perry, Dennis Mitchell LCpl Passenger HMM-265 A/3rdReconBn/3rdMARDIV/IIIMAF 670702 (vvm 22:090)
Runnels, Glyn Linal CPL Passenger HMM-265 A/3rdReconBn/3rdMARDIV/IIIMAF 670630 (vvm 22:090)

HMM-265 Command Chronology:
30 June 1967: An HMM-265 aircraft, EP-168, piloted by Captain J. A. HOUSE attempted to insert an eight man recon team, code name NETTLE RASH II, at YC904962. Upon completion of the zone prep and the UH-1E's checking the zone, the aircraft approached the landing zone from the north through the valley. As Captain HOUSE's aircraft was about to touch down, it received heavy automatic weapons fire from all sides. Captain HOUSE waved off, but the aircraft had been hit and set afire. The aircraft began to burn intensely, so Captain HOUSE was forced to land in 80' trees about 1000 meters from the recon zone [YC896956]. Captain HOUSE and four members of the recon team were killed in action. The three remaining crew members, Lt TED R. Pittman, LCPL G.R. SMITH, LCPL J.A. MICHAELSON and the remaining four members of the recon team were injured and subsequently rescued. Concurrently Captain M. R. MILLER, the wingman, was on the radio talking to the DASC and MAG-16 S-3 (FWD), setting the wheels in motion to rescue the survivors. Airborne FAC's, more UH-1E's and additional fixed wing attack aircraft were on station within minutes. After a hurried brief at Phu Bai MAG-16 FWD, a 65 man SPARROW HAWK wasd inserted at YC894957 by four CH-46s and five UH-34's from HMM-163. It was hoped that the ground force might be able to reach the crash site. Meanwhile, the airborne FAC's and UH-1E's spotted pencil flares and signal tracers from the crash site. Upon completeion of the SPARROW HAWK lift, the lead CH-46, piloted by Captain D. M PETTEYS went to the location and hoisted out the seven survivors and flew them to "A" MED at Phu Bai. However, as Captain PETTEYS moved off the crash site, his aircraft was followed by a number of air bursts but reached Phu Bai unscathed. After the fate of those aboard the downed aircraft was learned, it was decided to retract the SPARROW HAWK. Four CH-46's, from HMM-265, led by Major D.E.SCHNEIDER [New Executive Officer of HMM-265] and five UH-34's from HMM-163 made the retraction without incident.

In February 2013 the family was notified that a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command recovery team in 2012 recovered and later identified Merl's remains.  Merl will be escorted home by a USMC honor guard that will include Team Striker brothers Jeff Savelkoul who will escort Merl from Hawaii to Wisconsin and Junior Guy who will escort Merl to his final rest on York Island.  Awaiting his return home are his surviving brothers and sisters, Marilyn (Ralph) Neff of Saynor, Wisconsin, Cindy (Bart) Hawkins of Anchorage, Alaska, Casey (Kathy) Allen of Denham Springs, Louisiana, Sheila (Rick) Kelly of Washburn, Wisconsin, Sean (Cheri) Allen of Cambridge, Minnesota.  In addition to his brothers and sisters, Merl is an uncle 10 times over and a great uncle 11 times.  Merl's aunts, uncles and cousins stretch from Wyoming to Wisconsin to Florida. The military honors will be held immediately following the service at Little Sand Bay.  We look forward to hearing more of Merl's stories from those who knew him.  Private burial will take place on York Island, Wisconsin, 54814

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