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.