JAMES O ALLEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 5E, LINE 53 OF THE WALL

JAMES OTIS ALLEN

WALL NAME

JAMES O ALLEN

PANEL / LINE

5E/53

DATE OF BIRTH

09/28/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/20/1966

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LEFT FOR JAMES OTIS ALLEN
POSTED ON 1.14.2024

Attack on Hon Cong Mountain - February 20, 1966

Camp Radcliff was a U.S. Army base located in the An Khe District of Binh Dinh Province, RVN. It was established late August 1965 by the 70th Engineer Battalion as the headquarters for the 1st Cavalry Division. At 12:20 AM on February 20, 1966, elements of the 407th Viet Cong (VC) Battalion struck Camp Radcliffe with a well-coordinated attack while simultaneously assaulting the adjacent communications facility on top of Hon Cong Mountain. The enemy used infiltration of the perimeter of Radcliffe combined with a mortar barrage on the Division base area as a diversion for the main attack on the hilltop. The VC company attacking Hon Cong used one platoon in the actual assault with two platoons positioned in ambush posture to stop any ground relief forces which might be committed. All reinforcements for the facility, however, were affected by helicopter and the enemy ambush sites were successfully avoided. Although the attack on the communications site failed to destroy any of the signal vans or transmission equipment, friendly losses included five signalmen. They were (A Co, 13th Sig Bn) PFC Emmitt C. Adams and SGT John E. Kerns, and (586th Sig Co, 41st Sig Bn) PFC Leonard J. Chislock, PFC Myron McClelland, and SP4 Charlie K. Scates. Material losses included the destruction of four generators and one M60 machine gun missing. Down below, the diversionary attack on Radcliffe killed eleven 1st Cavalry Division personnel. They included (A-2/12 Cav) SP4 Jerry B. Harris, PFC Jerome L. McCormick, PFC Pedro Santos-Pinedo, and PFC Larry D. Stice; (B-2/12th Cav) SP4 William A. Davison Jr.; (D-2/12th Cav) SP4 Raymond S. Ford; (C-1/5th Cav) SSG James O. Allen; (HHC-15th S&S Bn) MSG Richard A. Filliator; (HHC-11th Avn Group) PFC Richard K. Jamros; and (HHC & Band-Div Spt Cmd) two Army band members, trombone player SP5 Thomas M. Dillard and conductor SFC Victor J. Kohlbeck. The few VC which penetrated the perimeter were killed immediately. The enemy mortar attack delivered 106 82mm rounds which impacted in the vicinity of Division headquarters, the Division's helipad, and the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry compound causing little material damage. Artillery and Aerial Rocket Artillery fired more than 1700 rounds of countermortar fire at suspected enemy positions with unobserved results. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Interim Report of Operations, First Cavalry Division, July 1965 to December 1966” published by 1st Cavalry Division Association]
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POSTED ON 9.28.2023
POSTED BY: ANON

85

Never forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 9.28.2021
POSTED BY: Donna Moore

Happy Heavenly Birthday

You will forever remain in our hearts and prayers
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POSTED ON 3.31.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will never die...
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POSTED ON 9.28.2019
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For your Valiant Service Soldier.

We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes.
Thank you SSGT. James Otis Allen! RIP
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