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Vietnam solider from Bayfield to be buried after remains found 46-years after death

Soldier against a U.S. flag graphic (properly sized)
Soldier against a U.S. flag graphic (properly sized)

BAYFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A Marine from Bayfield will be buried on Sunday, exactly 46 years after he was killed in a chopper crash in Vietnam.

20-year-old Lance Corporal Merlin Allen was one of five people killed in 1967, when their helicopter was hit by enemy fire while it was trying to land in a hostile territory.

The chopper was just approaching the landing spot, and it crashed-and-burned once it was hit.

Allen’s remains could not immediately be recovered.

Last year, a joint U.S. and Vietnamese team excavated the crash site, and found Allen’s remains.

He’ll be buried in Washburn, the county seat of Bayfield County.

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