Summary

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel 2
Birth:
13 Apr 1929 2
Death:
17 Oct 1967 2
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Full Name:
Terry De La Mesa Allen, Jr 2
Birth:
13 Apr 1929 2
Male 2
Death:
17 Oct 1967 2
Cause: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds 2
Age at Death: 38 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 17 Oct 1967 2
Casualty Location: battle of Ong Thanh 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Residence:
Hometown: El Paso, TX 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel 2
Battalion:
2nd Bn 2
Company:
HHC 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
O5 2
Major Command:
1st Inf Div 2
Posthumous Decoration:
Army Distinguished Service Cross 2
Regiment:
28th Infantry 2
Service:
Army 2
Specialty:
Infantry Unit Commander (ARMY) 2
Tour Start Date:
25 Feb 1967 2
Years Served:
14 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 18 2
Panel: 28E 2

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I personally didn't know Terry Allen Jr;  however, my father,  Col Kenneth P Lord, Jr,  served under Allen's father in North Africa as part of the 16th Inf Regt.  During my father's lifetime,  I only heard glowing comments about LTC Allen's father and his ability to lead men in combat.   I appreciate that because many of the leadership traits my father commented favorably upon regarding Gen Allen I found to be absolutely necessary in my own military career.   I found the same traits present in Gen George  Patton at the Armor School in the 1970's.  Leadership is a skill and an art.  Both Gen Allen and Patton perfected these skills.  I attribute LTC Allen's abilities in the same manner.    Ken Lord. 




HQ US ARMY, VIETNAM
APO San Francisco 96375

26 Dec 1967

GENERAL ORDERS
NUMBER 6615

AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

Terry De La Mesa Allen, Jr Lieutenant Colonel Infantry
2d Battalion, 28th Infantry

Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross Date action: 17 October 1967 Theater: Republic of Vietnam Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Lieutenant Colonel Allen distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 17 October 1967 while serving as Commanding Officer of an infantry battalion on a search and destroy operation near Chon Thanh. While moving to locate a suspected enemy base camp, a forward patrol of his unit detected a lone Viet Cong soldier and noises that indicated others were in the area. The element immediately deployed in an attempt to engage the insurgents. It was suddenly attacked by a large enemy force, and Colonel Allen quickly positioned the remainder of his men in a defensive perimeter, established radio contact with the beleaguered patrol, and ordered its withdrawal to his position so that artillery and air strikes could be directed on the hostile positions. As the forward element began to pull back, the main force's flank was savagely attacked with devastating automatic weapons, rocket and claymore weapons fire. Completely disregarding his personal safety, Colonel Allen repeatedly exposed himself to the withering barrage and moved among his men, skillfully directing the defenses and encouraging his troops to fight fiercely against the determined attackers. Accurate concentrations of enemy fire inflicted numerous casualties to his men and he was seriously wounded himself, but he refused medical attention and remained in the open to control the defenses and the movement of the forward element which was still attempting to join his main force. He was mortally wounded while gallantly leading his men in the face of overwhelming odds. His fearless actions in the heat of battle inspired his unit to staunchly defend its critical position until reinforcements arrived and the hostile forces were decisively defeated. Lieutenant Colonel Allen's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

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