By Helen A. Granger, staff writer

A Chesaning man, Richard Michael Allard, tops the list of Missing in Action (MIA) soldiers from Michigan. Allard, born Aug. 24, 1946, went missing 20 years later in South Vietnam where he was serving as a Specialist First Class in the U.S. Army.

Allard, along with 49 other Michigan MIAs and nearly 30 service persons whose remains have been returned, will be honored Thursday, Oct. 8, at noon at the State Capitol in Lansing.

Veterans planning on attending the event are asked to RSVP online at: For more information, persons can see the website for this event at: www.

According to event information: “The mission and purpose of this event is as follows: 1. To thank and honor Veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans. 2. To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.

“3. To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War. 4. To highlight the advances in technology, science and medicine related to military research conducting during the Vietnam War. 5. To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.”

Welcome and Thank You Event to Honor Vietnam Era Veterans and MIAs was last modified: September 21st, 2015 by Karen Elford