On August 28, 1997, I became a member of "Operation Just Cause" by adopting my own MIA, thereby wearing an MIA Bracelet, in honor of Merlin Raye Allen, so he will not be forgotten. You can also join "Operation Just Cause" and adopt your own, by logging on to the Operation Just Cause Switchboard requesting your own MIA. then....
Order your own MIA Bracelet
Merlin Raye Allen
Among the passengers onboard the aircraft were members of Company A, LCpl Merlin
R. Allen, LCpl. John D. Killen, and Cpl. Glyn L. Runnels. Also onboard was the company's Hospital Corpsman, Petty Officer Third Class Michael B. Judd, HM3, USN.
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to keep pushing this issue inside
Remembering.... Hospital Corpsman Michael Barry Judd, HM3, USN
Name: Michael Barry Judd
Unit: A Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division
Date of Birth: 22 August 1945
Home City o f Record: Cleveland, OH
Date of Loss: 30 June 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 161349N 1074301E (YC896956)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
* More recent information on this incident has been addeded below, provided by the brother of John "Jack" House, pilot of the CH46 Chinook helicopter)
"Jake I found you from a visit to the "Operation Just Cause Ring..
"As Jack's helicopter approached the landing zone, his plane was unexpectedly hit by ground fire. The aircraft was severely damaged but he was able to fly for about a half mile before he crash landed in a thick jungle canopy. The co-pilot (Ted Pittman now in Dallas, TX) managed to escape along with the two enlisted crew members and four of an eight man reconnaissance team. Prior to being rescued, two of the lesser injured reconnaissance team members returned to the scene of the crash and verified the crash scene."
"As I recall, my parents were contacted by the co-pilot and he told them that Jack
was not injured from fire or the crash, but tree branches stopped his exit from the helicopter and just before
he was able to get free, the plane exploded."
Note: If you wish to communicate with Robert House, please direct your mail to the Web Yeoman (Webmaster). He will forward it on to Robert House. Do that here.
Jake: On September 13, 2012, I received an Email from a Marine who had adopted Lcpl Merlin R. Allen also, and wrote me the following words. This was a great experience for me, who had waited many years to hear from someone who was in some way related to Lcpl Allen - As you can see by the last post, and the one to follow, give enough time, I would get my wish come true. The post was sent by Cpl Tony Jarvis of Minneapolis, MN...
I "adopted" LCpl Allen when I was visiting the wall in DC back in 1994. I was stationed down at Cherry Point '92-'96 and made the drive up to visit the memorials at least once a month. I don't really have anything to add to what you already know, I suppose I just feel like I found someone with a shared link to my lost brother. Its crazy how it has stuck with me all this time, and I really appreciated being able to read the information that you shared on your site!
I currently live in the Minneapolis area and am only a short 4 hour drive from Bayfield, WI. Just throwing that out there in the event I can ride up there to collect any info for you. I'm always looking for a reason to get some miles on the Harley! My dad and I are trying to plan a motorcycle trip for next year, and I've always wanted to get him back to Vietnam for some closure. I hear it's a pretty nice place now. Now that I have the coordinates for where their bird went down, it could make for a more compelling reason to head out there."
Note: If you wish to communicate with Tony Jarvis, please direct your mail to the Web Yeoman (Webmaster). He will forward it on to him. Do that here.
You can make a difference by getting involved! If you follow the following suggestions on how to write your Senator/Congressmen, you will get results. These suggestions come to you from George "Gunny\ Fallon, of Operation Just Cause:
WE CAN GET THE ANSWERS IF WE ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS!
Every day, the president, vice-president, senators, congressional
representatives and a variety of appointed government officials are asked to respond to questions about government
projects and programs. In all but the most extraordinary cases, the inquiry is passed on to aides and assistants
who have little choice but to respond with prepared stock answers.
With a question that detailed, they can't get away with the old stock
answers. And in researching those answers, they may come to realize what a large segment of the Veteran Brotherhood
has known for years...That we abandoned "Loyal American Citizens" in Southeast Asia, and that many of
them could still be alive in captivity today!
Copy the Letter above then use it as a template,
customizing it for your Personal MIA, and then use the following links to send your Email to the ones who can make
"I am the Resurrection and the Life: He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die..."
Please visit these important Links...
| Our Vietnam Tribute | Our
Air Group MIA's | Website Dedication & Tributes |
| Quarterdeck | Home Page | Post Recommissioning (1954) Casualty List
Other POW/MIA Off-site Links
| POW Network |
| Navy Corpsman MIA's |
(We need a new Link as this older link went down)