Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/8/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear SP5 Allen Carson Hardison, sirMORE
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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00634Posted on 5/27/13 - by firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 2, 1968 this aircraft from 235th Aviation Company, 164th Combat Aviation Group, was on a mission in Phong Dinh Province (IV Corps) when it came under hostile enemy fire. The attack caused the helicopter to crash and burn, with the ensuing fire destroying the aircraft. The crew members aboard suffered fatal injuries in the crash. They included the aircraft commander WO1 John H. Cannon, pilot CAPT Carl L. West, crew chief SP5 Allen C. Hardison, and gunner SP5 Robert J. Oates. A passenger on the flight was also killed, CAPT Kendrick K. Kelly III. [Taken from vhpa.org]
high school classmatesPosted on 12/2/10 - byremembered by your classmates at Willingham high school Macon, GA
A fellow CrewchiefPosted on 3/7/10 - by Steve Moore email@example.comI have finally found one of my old friends. Hardison as I knew him was a man of duty, and always willing to help a fellow soldier when needed. It is with deep regret that I was supposed to fly on that mission that night, and was put on standby instead. Hardison and Oates flew on that fateful mission. Two of my friends who lost their lives. Rest in peace.MORE
We RememberPosted on 11/19/09 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgAllen is buried at Macon Memorial Park in Macon, GA.
Never ForgottenPosted on 1/12/06 - by Bill Nelson email@example.comFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
Thank YouPosted on 10/7/03 - by Jake Foor jake_four4@Hotmail.comDear sir, Thank you for all that you have done for this country. Many people have courage but few have courage like yours. Thank you and God Bless.MORE
Good FriendPosted on 5/11/03 - by Dennis FreemanWe went to Willingham HS together. I remember you on the football team. Good guy. You are remembered. I was in Vietnam, MACV, IV Corps, 1968 - 1969.MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.