THOMAS B ALLEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 30E, LINE 61 OF THE WALL

THOMAS BARRY ALLEN

WALL NAME

THOMAS B ALLEN

PANEL / LINE

30E/61

DATE OF BIRTH

04/19/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/22/1967

HOME OF RECORD

GREENVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Washington County

STATE

MS

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS BARRY ALLEN
POSTED ON 5.3.2018

Air Loss Over Land

On November 22, 1967, a U.S. Army DeHavilland U-1A Otter (#57-6119) fixed-wing aircraft from the 54th Aviation Company crashed and burned on takeoff from runway east at Long Binh Army Airfield in Bien Hoa Province, RVN. The accident occurred as the Otter was leaving the airstrip when it hit a cable that was strung on a crane next to the runway. The pilot lost control of the plane and crashed. Personnel nearby heard the crash and came running, but the would-be rescuers had trouble approaching the wreck as it was totally engulfed. A total of nine U.S. personnel would die as a result of this accident. SP4 Thomas B. Allen, the crew chief on the flight, died in the crash along with passengers PVT Sheldon D. Bowler, PFC Marshall F. Freng, PFC Steven P. Morse, and PVT Allyson Y. Sasaki. Two other passengers, SP4 Woodrow D. Adler, a courier for Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 222nd Aviation Battalion, and PFC David L. Tasker, died four days later from burns they suffered in the accident. Military records regarding this incident listed two persons as the pilot of the aircraft. One of them, CW2 David A. Kreitzer, is the probable pilot as he served with the 54th Aviation Company and reportedly flew U-1 Otters during his first tour of Vietnam. Kreitzer succumbed on December 2, 1967, to burn injuries he suffered in the crash. The second pilot listed, MAJ Larry G. Powell, was a rotary wing (helicopter) pilot from the 45th Medical Company. Powell reportedly died after being evacuated to the U.S. Military burn unit at the 106th General Hospital in Yokohama, Japan. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vvmf.org, and thewall-usa.com, and information provided by Don Yaxley (May 2018)]
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POSTED ON 8.25.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPEC 4 ALLEN.
THANK YOU FOR BEING AN OBSERVATION/SCOUT HELICOPTER REPAIRER. I HOPE YOUR PHOTO GOES ON THIS SITE.
REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 2.2.2016
POSTED BY: Jeff Bic

Thomas B Allen

We, the members of the 18th and 54th Aviation Company 'Otternest' Association a group of VN Combat Veterans, honor our Brother and is service to his country. May he rest in peace and go with God.
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POSTED ON 10.31.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Thomas Barry 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 6.12.2008
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Thomas is buried at Hollandale Cemetery,Hollandale, MS.
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