ALLAN J HERMAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 26E, LINE 45 OF THE WALL

ALLAN JOSEPH HERMAN

WALL NAME

ALLAN J HERMAN

PANEL / LINE

26E/45

DATE OF BIRTH

05/29/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/10/1967

HOME OF RECORD

EVANSTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cook County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

2LT

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LEFT FOR ALLAN JOSEPH HERMAN
POSTED ON 9.13.2015

Final Mission of 2LT Allan J. Herman

On September 10, 1967, 2LT Allan J. Herman was serving as the platoon commander of First Platoon, Company H, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, during Operation Swift in Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam. While maneuvering his platoon in an attempt to establish contact with the enemy, the leading element of 2LT Herman’s unit was taken suddenly under extremely heavy machine-gun and mortar fire from a well-entrenched North Vietnamese Army Force. It was immediately evident that the platoon was greatly outnumbered. 2LT Herman exhibited outstanding leadership ability and courage by moving through the fire-raked battlefield, continually exposing himself to the concealed enemy positions, consolidating and encouraging his embattled Marines. Throughout the battle he managed to maintain communication with his company, skillfully calling in and directing all available fires. During the confusion of the battle and while providing the direction and control of his beleaguered unit, he boldly exposed himself again in an attempt to pull a wounded Marine to a safe position. It was during this gallant act that he lost his life. 2LT Herman’s courage, professional skill, and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. [Narrative taken from 2LT Herman’s Bronze Star citation]
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POSTED ON 11.1.2014

Final Mission of BM1 Scott C. Delph

On 21 June 1968, Petty Officer Patrick O. Ford was serving as the after machine gunner aboard PBR-750 as part of a two-boat patrol operating in the upper My Tho River near the town of Cai Be. The boats were maneuvering down the river when they spotted a sampan fleeing into a nearby canal. PBR-750 gave chase and captured the sampan one hundred meters further up the canal. As the patrol boat returned to the river with a Viet Cong suspect and the captured sampan in tow, it was ambushed by a Viet Cong patrol who unleashed an overwhelming barrage of heavy machine gun fire and rockets. Two explosive B-40 rockets struck PBR-750 immediately killing the patrol leader, Lietuenant William E. Dennis and the boat coxswain, Boatswain's Mate First Class Scott C. Delph. Within seconds the patrol boat was ablaze and out of control, heading directly for the Viet Cong positions. As the PBR veered toward the river bank, at least four additional rockets struck the craft. Ford, being seriously wounded in the initial barrage, tenaciously maintained a steady volume of return fire from his aft machine gunner's station until he perceived that the boat was out of control. In the face of enemy gunfire and with his clothing on fire, Ford assisted three seriously wounded shipmates from the PBR into the water. Only after insuring that all the surviving crewmembers had left the boat did Ford make his way into the water. He was the last man alive to leave what was left of PBR-750. Soon after Petty Officer Ford entered the water, he was killed by a burst of enemy machine gun fire. However, as a result of his fearless devotion to duty, he saved the lives of two of his shipmates. For his "extraordinary heroism" in battle on June 21, 1968 and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy, Petty Officer Ford was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. For his heroism, on June 29, 1985 he had a ship, the USS Ford FFG-54, named after him. [Narrative and images from brownwater-navy.com]
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POSTED ON 7.13.2014

Semper Fi from Doc

You lost your life protecting your guys. No greater love. I was the last person you ever saw. We will forever be blood brothers. God Bless.
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POSTED ON 9.13.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 2LT Allan Joseph Herman, 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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POSTED ON 9.10.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Lt.
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