BOBBY K ALLEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 34E, LINE 51 OF THE WALL

BOBBY KENNETH ALLEN

WALL NAME

BOBBY K ALLEN

PANEL / LINE

34E/51

DATE OF BIRTH

01/18/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/15/1968

HOME OF RECORD

JONESBORO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Union County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BOBBY KENNETH ALLEN
POSTED ON 10.25.2019
POSTED BY: Jordan Ogden

From your cousin.

Bobby, I wish I could have met you. My dad tells me stories of you often, and these stories inspired me to serve my country as well. Till Valaha brother.
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POSTED ON 1.15.2019
POSTED BY: Deanna B Allen

Growing Up With Bobby

When he was 16, he bought his motorcycle, from our cousin, Don. He wanted me to go riding with him, but Mom would't let me go. So, he said, " Don't worry sis I'll take care of it." He was there bright and early the next day, to take Mom to work. He finally convinced her to ride to work with him and she wouldn't have to walk. This went on for a whole week him taking her to work and picking her up after work. On Sat. he came by and asked her if I could go with him to the bike shop. She told him if he would ride with me like he did her, then I could go with him. That's how he played her, so I could eventually ride with him. We covered Southern Illinois on that motorcycle of his. We did have so much fun, together. Bobby, rest in peace and I'll see you soon.
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POSTED ON 4.22.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SP5 Bobby K. Allen

Final Mission of SP5 Bobby K. Allen
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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POSTED ON 3.6.2018
POSTED BY: Brenda Sartor & Payton StPeter

My daughters tribute

My daughters tribute
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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POSTED ON 8.19.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

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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