HENRY L ALLEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 12W, LINE 44 OF THE WALL

HENRY LEWIS ALLEN

WALL NAME

HENRY L ALLEN

PANEL / LINE

12W/44

DATE OF BIRTH

09/21/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/26/1970

HOME OF RECORD

DAYTONA BEACH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Volusia County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR HENRY LEWIS ALLEN
POSTED ON 8.19.2015

Final Mission of MAJ Henry L. Allen

MAJ Henry L. Allen was a Raven Forward Air Controller flying an O-1 aircraft supporting General Vang Pao in the Barrel Roll area of northern Laos. Most of the fighting took place in an area known as the Plain of Jars. He was lost due to unknown causes and his body was not recovered. MAJ Allen was an exceptional pilot with eyes like a hawk. He had been an F-4 crewmember prior to volunteering for his Forward Air Controller assignment to the Steve Canyon Project. On March 26, 1970, he took off with MAJ Richard G. Elzinga in the front seat of his O-1. This was a secret mission and the pilots were assigned to the American Ambassador to Laos appearing as civilians. Allen was 'short,' soon to return home after a tour in which he had notched up four hundred combat missions, and he planned to return directly to the States and marry his fiancée within a fortnight. Elzinga had only just arrived in Laos, and it was his first trip up to the secret city of Vientiane. Allen intended to use the 'commute' as a checkout ride. It was a cloudy day. They departed and reported over the radio that the O-1 was airborne. It was the last thing ever heard from them. Neither of the pilots, nor the plane, was ever seen again. They had disappeared. Each of the Ravens spent at least two hours, on top of their usual day's flying, searching for the wreckage. No Mayday call had been heard, nor had a beeper signal been picked up from the survival radio, and no clue to the airplane's whereabouts was discovered. The disappearance was a complete mystery. The official point of loss was noted as 20 miles northeast of Vientiane, Laos. Both men were classified Missing in Action. [Taken from fac-assoc.org and pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 3.25.2014
POSTED BY: JERRY SANDWISCH WOOD CTY.OHIO NAM VET 1969-70 ARMY 173rd ABN BDE 173rd ENGR CO

NOT FORGOTTEN

MY POW-MIA FLAG IS DISPLAYED 24-7 IN REMEMBRANCE OF ALL THE LOST WARRIORS.THE WAR MAY BE FORGOTTEN BUT THE WARRIOR WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED!!!! :(
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POSTED ON 2.28.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Major Henry Lewis 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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POSTED ON 12.6.2013

Remembered by a cousin and friend

I remember when Henry was reported missing. His mother, father and brother took it hard. They were so proud of him. For many years the U.S. govt. kept giving them hope Henry might still be alive. Uncle Marcus died around 18 years later still clinging to this hope I believe. His brother Terry loved and admired Henry very much. I've never seen Terry without that MIA bracelet.

Jimmy Allen, first cousin
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POSTED ON 8.6.2013
POSTED BY: Moose Carroll

Raven & Friend

We went to Viet Nam together, we went to Thailand together, and we went to Laos together. We flew together as Nails and as Ravens. Hank was a good pilot, a good officer, and a good friend. I remember the day he went down and searched for days. He is missed.
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