John Dewey Killen, III

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
23 August 1948 - 30 June 1967
Des Moines, Iowa
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Dewey Killen, III

25 Jul 2002

For a young man who never got the chance to grow old. Your sacrifice is remembered.

"Thus saith the Lord, Refrain thy voice from weeping,
and thine eyes from tears:
for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord;
for they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord,
that thy children shall come again to their own border."
Jeremiah 31: 16-17 (KJV)

Vicky DeKnight
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5 Apr 2004

LCpl John D. Killen III, I only wish you could see how much your ultimate sacrifice has affected our nation. You are one of America's youth who has not made it home but you are surely not forgotten. I can only hope to serve my country as well as you have served it in the past. Thank you for all you have done. Semper Fi

From one who wears his MIA Bracelet,
Andrew Webber

02 Jul 2006

Hello John, it is the 4th of July weekend and I can speak for all Americans, you and your sacrifice for this great country have not been forgotten. Thank you for all that you have done. You are missed by all and someday we will all be reunited. Semper Fi, Marine.

Andrew Webber

24 Aug 2004

I miss you
I love you
your brother

Paul Killen
1704 4th Street S W, Altoona, Iowa 50009

11 Sep 2004

The Articles
of the
Code of Conduct

I am an American, fighting in the forces which
guard my country and our way of life.
I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

Thank you for standing up when so many others would not.
Semper Fidelis my brother!

From a fellow Marine.
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

19 Nov 2004

I was only 7 when you left -- I wish I could have known you better.
I love you! Your sister, Mary

Mary Boozer
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

1 Dec 2004

I never got to meet you, but I am sure like all my other Killen uncles you were a great guy. I think about you all the time, and how you served our country proud. I am proud to be your nephew. I Love You.

From a nephew (his sister Pamela's son),
Michael Townsley
7171 W. 60th Street #136, Davenport, Iowa 52804

8 Mar 2005


You will never be forgotten. There are no words that can convey the deepest appreciation I have for your service and your sacrifice. It was not in vain. May God bless and Semper Fi Marine.


04 Nov 2006

John, I think of you every day. Every day I put on your bracelet and have done so since I got out of the Marine Corps in 1981.

You will not be forgotten, Brother...

I've also have a profile for you running on TWS,

If a family member would like to sign on to this you may put up a profile for family, and then I will turn over the profile on John to you.

Semper Fi, Brother.

Ricky "PooBear" Gagnon
Sergeant USMC 1977 - 1981

11 Nov 2006

You made the ultimate sacrifice.
I only know your name.
Your band is on my wrist
and around my heart just the same.
Semper Fi, Marine!
You will not be forgotten!

SSGT Timothy Gnade USMCR
E CO (-), 2nd Bn, 24th Marines, 4th Mar Div, Des Moines, Iowa
670 Bentley Drive, Marion, Iowa 52302

19 Mar 2007

I just happened on this site and wanted to say THANK YOU for my freedom and helping to secure a future for my daughter. I do not know Lance Corporal Killen, however I am thankful for him giving his life. THANK YOU!

Randy Rogers
North Carolina
A former "Dog Face"

30 Apr 2007

Gone but never forgotten...
You and your sacrifice are thought of daily...

Emily McDaniel
MIA bracelet

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 30 June 1967 a recon team from Alpha 3rd Recon Battalion was being inserted by a CH-46A (BuNo 152515) from HMM-265 . The Landing Zone was worked over by fixed wing aircraft before the insertion, but as the CH-46 neared the ground it came under heavy fire. The crew attempted to climb out but the helicopter was hit by an anti-tank round which ruptured fuel lines, resulting in a massive in-flight fire. As the pilot attempted to put down on a nearby ridge which appeared to be free of enemy forces, the CH-46 broke up with the aft section falling away. The forward portion of the aircraft came down about two-thirds of the way up the side of the ridge, impacting in and then falling through the triple-canopy jungle. All the survivors, who were picked up just ahead of enemy forces climbing the ridge, were from the forward section.

Five men were not recovered from the downed aircraft. One of the survivors, Lance Corporal Dennis M. Perry, A/3 Recon, died on 02 July 67 of injuries received. The missing men were

  • Capt John Alexander House II, Aircraft Commander, HMM-265
  • HM3 Michael B. Judd, Corpsman, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn
  • Cpl Glyn Linal Runnels Jr, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn
  • LCpl Merlin Raye Allen, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn
  • LCpl John Dewey Killen III, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn
Their remains have not been recovered.

Additional information is available on the
Pop-A-Smoke site

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his brother,
Paul Killen
1704 4th Street S W, Altoona, Iowa 50009

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 Jul 2002
Last updated 10/01/2007