Casey and wife Kathy Allen from Denham Springs LA attended the Alpha Company Operation New Orleans 11/9/13 banquet held at the Hilton Riverside. To acknowledge his brother Merl's repatriation ceremonies on 6/29/13, these words come from Casey's heart:
"It was a miracle that after 46 years our brother, Merlin Ray Allen, was recovered and laid to rest on his beloved York Island this past June. This miracle, like all divine interventions, occurred through the hands and great efforts of many men.
Merlin Allen's immediate family wishes to thank all Marines, and especially your Reconner, Jeff Savelkoul, for their efforts in making this miracle occur - that no man is left behind.
You all deserve to be proud of your Marine family, what it can accomplish and the honorable way it performs tasks.
Long live the United States Marine Corps."