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

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  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/19/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/24/13 - by Curt Carter
    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
  • Heroism Award Presented to Parents

    Posted on 5/31/13 - by Deanna Allen

    *The Award of the Bronze Star Medal of Honor was presented to The parents of Spec 5 Bobby K. Allen, by Captain Hawkins, representing the government.

    Mr. and Mrs. William H. Smith of rural Jonesboro, Ill. accepted the award for heroism as well as The Purple Heart And various other awards, which were awared to their son at ceremonies held Friday, July 19,1968. Spec 5, Allen lost his life in Viet Nam, January 15, 1968, as a result of enemy attack, just 20 days before he was to return to the United States.

    The award was given for heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Viet Nam. Specialist 5 Allen distinguished himselfwhile serving as tank commander with Company B, 1st Battalion, 69th Armor, 4th Infantry Division.

    On January 15, Specialist Allen's tank was leading two Armored Personell Carriers from a night security mission at a bridge, south of Dak To, kotum Province to link up with the remainder of the 1st platoon. A battalion size force of North Vietnamese Army Regulars waited until the tank passed its position, and then attacked the personnel carriers. Spec 5, Allen, immediately turned the tank around and drove straight into the enemy force. Although, the tank was hit by rocket fire that injured the entire crew, Spec Allen kept the tank moving toward the enemy and was able to free the Personell carriers, allowing them to escape destruction. As he continued the attack, the tank took a direct rocket hit in the front and Specialist Allen was mortally wounded.

    Through his aggressive actions, though unsupported by other tanks, the crew members of the Personnel Carriers were saved. Specialist Allen's courage, professional integrity, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the United States Army, and The United States of America.

  • What Price Freedom???

    Posted on 6/5/12 - by Deanna Allen

    Bobby wrote this letter to the editor of The Gazette Democrat Newspaper in his hometown.

    The following letter was received from SP-4 Bobby K Allen, who is presently stationed in Viet Nam. The letter and the poem speak for themselves.

    Dear Editor,

    enclosed is a poem expressing my viewpoint on the war in Viet Nam. I would appreciate it very much if you can find room, if you would print this in your publication. I know you don't have a poetry corner, but maybe you can find a place for it. I've lived all my life in Union Co. and at present my parents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Smith, live in Cobden. I can't be there at home to play an active part in civil affairs, but I don't regret serving the wonderful people of Union County.

    If you print this poem, would you inform the readers that all letters concerning their opinion on the war in Viet Nam would be appreciated very much.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Bobby K. Allen


    Are we considered a man?

    In many ways we are,but in others just a small boy;

    A boy like a man of, say, twenty years.

    Twenty years?

    Now that's not a very long time,

    But time enough to live and learn about life.

    Life with it's ups and downs,thrills and sorrows, laughter and sadness.

    We're a man in our own attitude,a boy in our actions;

    Actions sometimes hidden by childish fear and obligation.

    But symbolizing a future of contentment and glory,

    Yesterday, a mere boy, out for love and life;

    Our goal, a shining future.

    Today a cloud hangs high above,

    Shadowing our love for life in an overwhelming obligation.

    An obligation that from the outside seems like a two year jail sentence.

    But, once within it, an enormous quest,

    Family, relatives and friends and one particular, being a girl,

    Whose tears are not those of sadness.

    But of a rare, deep and sincere pride.

    This love, will never die,

    And because we are far away

    Living in deep lonliness and being forced to be a man,

    This love will grow ever more stronger,

    Everlasting and sincere.

    Not only by these few chosen ones

    But, by an entire nation.

    A nation which is free and stronger than all others,

    This was and still is ours.

    We own this nation,for it is we, who strive to protect it,

    While we are a million miles away,

    Our country is still there, safe and free,

    Living and growing, awaiting our safe return.

    What we're about to face is neither Heaven or Hell,

    It's not life and it's not death,

    It's merely ourself.

    So, we stand erect and be the man we are.

    For Freedom is worth any price,

    Whether we're near or far, We need your strength,

    For without it, we could never be.

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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