|LANCE CORPORAL MERLIN ALLEN IS HOME|
Lance Corporal Merlin Raye Allen is home again, after being missing in action in Vietnam for forty seven years. His remains were repatriated to Bayfield last week. He was only twenty when he left. He was greeted by 550 of his family, friends and neighbors, as well as two of his Marine buddies who were shot down with him but survived the helicopter crash in which he died. 58,282 American servicemen and women were killed in the Vietnam conflict, and 1,642 declared missing in action. The last number can now be reduced by one.
A memorial service was held at the high school, and a military ceremony at Little Sand Bay. Internment was next to his parents in the old cemetery on York Island, which is now part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Merle is home at last for the Fourth of July.
|STARS AND STRIPES OF THE WAR OF 1812|
(THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE NEVER ENDS)