May 27, 2018 – Allenton, WI – As part of the Sunday, May 27 memorial service on the cemetery of Zion Ev Lutheran Church, 6430 County Road D, Allenton, the service and sacrifice of Merlin A. Heinecke, MIA in Korea on December 2, 1950, will be acknowledged with the placement of a cemetery monument with VA bronze marker and a flag presentation in his honor.
No marker was ever placed in the cemetery at the time the military declared him dead. Korean-era veterans from Washington County went to South Korea to visit the UN Korean memorial, on which his name is also placed.
Cemetery service, honor guard and flag presentation will take place after Zion’s regular Sunday service, which ends at 10 a.m. This will be a very brief service, as the honor guard is scheduled at other churches, as well. There will be a short reception after the service, for which some displays are being set up in the church fellowship hall. Refreshments will also be served.