Area Vietnam Vet still MIA after 50 Years to be Remembered 20 Apr 18

A Kandiyohi man will be in Hutchinson Saturday, remembering his cousin who went missing in Vietnam exactly 50 years ago.  

Ron Mackedanz tells KWLM his cousin Lyle Mackedanz was in a helicopter on April 21st 1968 when it was hit by anti-aircraft fire, killing Lyle and 5 others.  

Ron says a commemoration ceremony takes place at McLeod County Veterans Memorial Park starting at 2 p.m.

In a special salute, a vintage Huey helicopter will be flying in and landing at the site.

Mackedanz says Lyle’s body was never recovered, and years later a document uncovered by the CIA indicated he may have been taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, but the odds are remote that he survived the chopper explosion.  

Ron says he vividly remembers the week his cousin disappeared because it’s the same week he was drafted to go to Vietnam.

Mackedanz says they hope to see 500 to 1000 people attend the ceremony Saturday.  The weather should cooperate and people are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.  

Lyle’s daughter Cindy, who was only 6 month’s old when her father disappeared, and Lyle’s widow Carol Harmon, will also be there.