Washburn, WI (NNCNOW.com) - A Marine who died serving the US in Vietnam at the age of 20 is coming home to Wisconsin this week.
A procession of police and Patriot Guard motorcycle riders will escort the body of Marine Lance Corporal Merlin Allen from Minneapolis to Washburn on Wednesday.
The procession is expected to go through town around 11:30 a.m.
He will be buried beside his parents on York Island, one of the Apostle Islands.
On June 30, 1967, Lance Corporal Allen was a passenger in a Boeing Sea Knight Cargo Helicopter (CH-46A) being extracted from a point near Phu Bai, South Vietnam, when his aircraft was hit by small arms fire crashed and exploded killing him.
Visitation will take place Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Bratley Funeral Home.
A funeral will be held Saturday at the Bayfield High School Gymnasium.
The public in invited to attend both.