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BOBBY KENNETH ALLEN


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

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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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  • Heroism Award Presented to Parents

    Posted on 5/31/13 - by Deanna Allen mscherokee@woh.rr.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.

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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 www.buildthecenter.org.