TC’s Tribute to
KILLEN, JOHN DEWEY III
One of many missing but not forgotten, let’s bring them home NOW !!.
April 10 2018 Remains Identified and Returned
The remains of Marine Corps Capt. John A. House, II; Lance Cpl. John D. Killen, III; and Cpl. Glyn L. Runnels, Jr., have now been accounted for.
House was assigned to HHM-265 Marine Aircraft Group 16, and Killen and Runnels were assigned to Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, when their aircraft crashed in Vietnam, June 30, 1967.
Two additional service members were previously identified from this crash, Marine Lance Cpl. Merlin R. Allen and Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael B. Judd. Their remains were returned to their families for burial with full military honors
|Rank/Branch: E3/USMC||Country of Loss: South Vietnam|
|Unit: 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division||Loss Coordinates: 161349N 1074301E (YC896956)|
|Date of Birth: 23 August 1948||Status(in 1973): Killed/Body Not RecoveredCategory :3|
|Home City of Record: Des Moines IA||Acft/Vehicle/Ground: CH46A
|Loss Date: 30 June 1967||Other Personnel In Incident:John House; Michael Judd;Merlin Allen; Glyn Runnels (all still missing)|
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
DED/CRSH BRN/SOM RECOV/NT SUBJ
Capt. John A. House was the pilot of an CH46A helicopter carrying personnel assigned to Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division near the city of Phu Bai, South Vietnam on June 30, 1967.
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.
The aircraft was hit by small arms fire, exploded and crashed. Although some of the personnel aboard survived, House, Allen, Judd, and Killen were never found, nor were remains recovered that could be identified as theirs. The four men were listed as killed in action, body not recovered.
Nearly 2500 Americans did not return from Southeast Asia at the end of the war. Some, like the pilot and passengers of the CH46, are probably dead and will never come home. Since the end of the war, however, thousands of refugee reports have been received that indicate hundreds of Americans are still alive, held captive.
It is a matter of pride in the Marine Corps that one’s comrades are never left on the field of battle to fall into the hands of the enemy. One can imagine that these men, had they survived, would willingly go one more mission for the return of those who still await rescue. Although some of the personnel aboard survived, House was never found, nor were remains recovered that could be identified as his. He was listed as killed in action, body not recovered.
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