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BOBBY KENNETH ALLEN


is honored on Panel 34E, Line 51 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of SP5 Bobby K. Allen

    Posted on 4/22/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Early in the morning of January 15, 1968, two mine sweep teams from B Company, 70th Engineer Battalion were conducting a mine sweep on Highway QL-14 near Tri Dao in Kontum Province, RVN. They were being escorted by tanks and armored personal carriers (APC’s) from 1st Battalion, 69th Armor when they were ambushed by a battalion-size force of North Vietnamese Army Regulars. The NVA allowed the lead tank to pass their position before opening fire on the APC’s. They attacked with B-40 rockets, automatic weapons, and small arms fire. The driver of the lead tank, SP5 Bobby K. Allen, immediately turned his tank around and drove straight into the enemy force. Although the tank was hit by rocket fire that injured the entire crew, SP5 Allen kept the tank moving toward the enemy and was able to free the APC’s, allowing them to escape destruction. As Allen pressed the attack, the tank took a direct rocket hit in the front and he was mortally wounded. Three other members of the escort group were killed in the engagement: medic PFC Joseph W. Dudek, mechanic SP4 Gary H. Grubb, and crewman SP5 Michael J. Ryan. One of the engineers, SP4 Fred J. Pinsonault, was also killed when his APC was hit. Another 13 were wounded in the engagement. One tank was destroyed, and another tank and four APC's were damaged. The besieged group was supported by gunships and airstrikes which killed a reported 21 NVA and captured five. Allen was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroism. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, redwarriors.us, and SP5 Allen’s Bronze Star citation]
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  • My daughters tribute

    Posted on 3/6/18 - by Brenda Sartor & Payton StPeter bsartor@tymail.com
    My daughter wrote this to a hero she never met, our families never knew of each other and our hearts and freedom are ours because of men like him! I am very proud of my daughter and her tribute to this hero in 03/2016 she wrote this and the following week took this and a flower to the wall in his honor and when it came up in my memories today on fb I remembered once again how amazing her heart truly is as it is understanding and full of love and grateful for our ability to do for others everyday thanks to men that gave their lives for ours
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/19/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SPEC 5 ALLEN.
    I AM SO SORRY YOU WERE LOST NEAR YOUR BIRTHDAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN ARMOR CREWMAN.
    REST IN PEACE.
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  • REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER!

    Posted on 10/23/14 - by butchmurch@aol.com
    TO ALL OUR BROTHERS WHO SERVED AND WERE MEMBERS OF THE BROTHERHOOD UNDER FIRE!
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/24/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP5 Bobby Kenneth Allen, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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