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is honored on Panel 7E, Line 71 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of PVT Allen M. Garrett

    Posted on 1/4/18 - by
    On May 17, 1966, Operation Hardihood commenced with two battalions of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade, the 1st/503rd and the 2nd/503rd, flying into the Nui Dat area in Phuoc Tuy Province, RVN, to begin a sweep of the surrounding countryside. The Americans encountered several groups of Viet Cong of company size, and it was apparent that there was at least one enemy battalion in the area of Nui Dat, assisted by some companies of guerillas. One of the American companies was badly mauled on the first day of the operation. At 3:30 PM, Bravo Company of the 1st/503rd was moving up the western slope of Hill 72, one and a half miles north of Nui Dat. They knew that they were being followed by a Viet Cong rifleman carrying a radio, but they did not know that in their path was a Viet Cong company who were being guided by the man with the radio. The Americans were caught in deadly cross fire of a box ambush to which were quickly added 60mm mortar bombs. By the time that they had extricated themselves, they had lost 12 killed and 19 wounded—a heavy blow for an infantry company to sustain. The lost Sky Soldiers included PFC Artis W. Anderson, PFC Richard W. Bullock, PFC Walter L. Burroughs, SP4 Tony Dedman, PFC Kenneth E. Duncan, PFC Felix Esparza Jr., PVT Allen M. Garrett, SGT Edward Hamilton, PFC Johnny Harrison, SP4 Richard M. Patrick, SGT William E. Walters, and PFC Jimmy L. Williams. One of the wounded, MSGT Frank L. Huddleston, spent a year in a hospital recovering from a spinal injury. From 1968 to 1991, he was able to get around on leg braces and crutches. However, progressive nerve damage forced him into a wheelchair. Eventually, Huddleston’s kidneys began to fail, and on August 15, 2002, he died at 68 years-old after living with his wounds for 36 years. [Taken from,,, and]

    Posted on 6/15/17
    Allen Garrett went to high school in his home town of Holland Patent, New York. He left the school in his junior year to serve in the Army and belonged to the 173rd Airborne Division.
    Thanks for the color picture in his Airborne uniform goes to his Brother Gordie Garrett as well as Julie Horwat of the Holland Patent High School Library. Thanks so much to Gordie, Julie and the students and staff of Allen's school.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/16/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PVT Allen Morgan Garrett, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 9/1/12 - by Robert Sage

    Allen is buried at Boonville Cemetery, Boonville,NY. PH

  • Final Combat Action

    Posted on 12/5/01 - by Larry Dacunto
    In the event anyone wants to know about the combat action in which he died, the following is offered.
    On 17 May, Company B, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade, airlifted into a new Area of Operations by helicopter, then air assaulted further north. Then we patrolled north toward a goose egg slightly north of Hill 72, planning to set up a perimeter defense, and the next day do some cloverleafing. When we were approaching the northernmost limit of our 105 coverage and would soon be stopping for the night, we engaged VC Main Force soldiers. First platoon deployed on line engaging with rifles, M-60, and hand grenades, and second platoon maneuvered west to engage the enemy and develop the situation. Vegetation was very thick and it was not clear initially that the enemy were in trenches or bunkers. The enemy line was so wide, however, that both platoons became fully committed. To engage the enemy with indirect fire, the forward platoons were pulled back to establish a hasty perimeter, and artillery and tactical air strikes were called in. The VC disengaged and withdrew, leaving some bodies, but no weapons behind. We kept firing air and artillery on the area they had occupied and along their probable withdrawal routes. Since it was late afternoon we consolidated and reorganized, and did not search the enemy camp area until the next morning when we found 16 enemy bodies; we heard later that the Brigade Radio Research Unit made communication intercepts indicating that the enemy had some 30 or more killed. The VC use of automatic weapons, mortars and heavy MGs indicated at least a reinforced Main Force company if not a battalion.
    We were honored to have served with him.
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