Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/24/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear SP5 Bobby Kenneth Allen, 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
Heroism Award Presented to ParentsPosted on 5/31/13 - by Deanna Allen email@example.com
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Bobby K. Allen
WHAT PRICE FREEDOM
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.
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.
Bobby AllenPosted on 6/4/12 - by Donnie BittleI never knew the details of his death until tonight. Thanks. A real hero, but something I would have expected him to do and disappointed had he not. It was in his genes. We did lots of hunting and working together. Thanks Bob for carrying my weight while I was in college.MORE
REMEMBERING A HERO!!!!!!Posted on 6/4/12 - by Deanna Allen email@example.comSpec. 5 Bobby K Allen lost his life in Vietnam Jan. 15, 1968 as a result of enemy attack just 26 days before he was to return to the U.S.MORE
The Bronze Star was given to jim for his heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist 5 Allen distinguished himself while serving as a Tank Driver with Company B, 1st Battalion, 69th Armor, 4th Infantry Division.
On Jan. 15, Specialist Allen's tank was leading two Armored Personnel Carriers form 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-sized force of North Vietnamese Army Regulars waited until the tank passed its position and then attacked the personnel carriers. 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, Allen kept the tank moving toward the enemy and was able to free the Personnel Carriers, allowing them to escape destruction. As he continued the attack, the tank took a direct 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 and the United States Army.
We RememberPosted on 8/29/09 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgBobby is buried at Jonesboro Cemetery in Jonesboro, IL.
Never ForgottenPosted on 1/20/06 - 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
Bobby Kenneth AllenPosted on 4/12/02After reading your sons name i have come to realize that are world is full of good people after all. It takes a very courageous person to want to risk dying just for the country they love. I think the question that remains in all of our minds is, "Why kill people just to get what you want. Does it really make sense." We know Bobby was devoted and went into the battles knowing that if he died he would have died fighting for his country. One person really can make a diffrence and we know he did.MORE
He is more than a name on The Wall!Posted on 12/9/01 - by Valene Allen (His cousin)I never knew Bobby or even spoke to him. I wasn't around when he died. However, I have heard many great things about him and I am greatly honored to have him as part of my family. Like I said, I never knew him, but I still love him very much and I would have loved to know what he was like. He was very handsome and looked like a very sweet young man. Here is a poem I wrote for him: Even though I never knew you,MORE
You still are on my mind.
The enormous amounts of lives you've saved,
In such a short amount of time.
Now you have the greatest award,
A man could ever receive,
You now live with the Lord,
And get to watch over your family.
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.