CHANNING ALLEN JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 15E, LINE 38 OF THE WALL

CHANNING ALLEN JR

WALL NAME

CHANNING ALLEN JR

PANEL / LINE

15E/38

DATE OF BIRTH

08/25/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/16/1967

HOME OF RECORD

ALBERTSON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Nassau County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHANNING ALLEN JR
POSTED ON 9.14.2019
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of PFC Channing Allen Jr.

On February 16, 1967, during the fourth day of Operation Sam Houston, Company A, 1st Battalion, 22d Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, was conducting a search and destroy mission west of Pleiku in the Plei Trap Valley. The point squad observed several North Vietnamese Army soldiers and gave chase, leading them into an ambush which they were unable to disengage until nightfall. The contact was with an enemy force that apparently was moving east and led them directly into the numerically superior NVA force. The squad received intense enemy automatic weapons fire and was subsequently cut off from the remainder of the company. Squad Leader SSG Alton J. Zerangue Jr. immediately organized his men into a defensive perimeter, and they counterattacked with a heavy volume of fire. The enemy inflicted many casualties among the squad, however, SSG Zerangue utilized his remaining forces to delay the enemy, giving the rest of the company time to regroup and form a defensive perimeter. Zerangue was wounded three times but remained with his squad to lead them against the enemy until he was mortally wounded. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for bravery. The vegetation in the area of the battle was extremely dense and the enemy used this to their advantage by deploying numerous accurate snipers in the trees and undergrowth very close to Company A’s position. The Americans requested close artillery support and air strikes including CBU (“cluster bombs”) and napalm. A heavy volume of fire was placed on the sniper's positions as soon as they were determined. When the battle ended, twenty-one members of A Company had been lost. The fallen troopers with Zerangue included PFC Channing Allen Jr., SGT Lee R. Bays, SP4 Anastacio H. Beltran, PFC William M. Berenwick, PFC Lanny R. Bolding, PFC Douglas R. Colbert, SGT Donald R. Dorman, PFC Curtis L. Duck, PFC Larry S. Fetherolf, SSG Walter W. Haring, PFC Clemente D. Hernandez, PFC Elmer F. Kepsel, SP4 Kenneth L. Koster, CPL Richard A. Lawrence, SP4 Lewis Lee, SP4 Marlow M. Loecker, CPT Colin D. Mac Manus, PFC John E. Oocumma, CPL Donald. L. Schnee, and SP4 Richard Tarkington Jr. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and SSG Zerangue’s Silver Star citation]
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POSTED ON 2.16.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 2.16.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Bronze Star Medal Award

PFC Allen was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor for his exemplary courage under fire while serving with A Co, 1st Bn, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division
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POSTED ON 8.19.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PFC ALLEN,
THANK YOU FOR BEING AN ARMY GRUNT.
REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 6.23.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class Channing Allen Jr., Served with Company A, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
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