Burial at Arlington for QC Marine

Sep 26, 2018

John Killen, 1948-1967.
Credit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

A soldier from the Quad Cities will be buried Thursday ( 9/27 ), 51 years after he was killed in action during the Vietnam War. Lance Corporal John Killen from Davenport was just 18 when the helicopter he was riding in crashed after being hit by enemy fire.

Killen will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors, with two other Marines who died in the same crash. All three had been listed as missing in action since June of 1967, but not identified until last year.

They're the pilot, 28 year old Captain John House from New York state and 21 year old Corporal Glyn Runnels from Alabama. 

According to the Find a Grave website, Killen enlisted in the Marines in April of 1966. 

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, to honor Killen.

Killen's name is included on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC on Panel 22E, Line 88.