Allen, Joe Ebert, 2ndLt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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Primary Unit
1968-1968, 0302, D Co, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
Service Years
1966 - 1968
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Second Lieutenant


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bay St Louis
Last Address
Bay St Louis

Casualty Date
May 24, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Long Beach City Cemetery - Long Beach, Mississippi
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 67E Line 003

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French Fourragere

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments
1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5), 5th Marine Regiment1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5), 5th Marine Regiment
  1967-1968, 0302, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5), 5th Marine Regiment
  1968-1968, 0302, D Co, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)/Operation Kentucky / Battle of Dai Do
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)/Operation Dodge Valley
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)/Battle of Liberty Bridge
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Last Known Activity
Silver Star Citation

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Joe Ebert Allen, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the evening of 24 May 1968, Second Lieutenant Allen's platoon established an ambush on a suspected enemy infiltration route in Thua Thien Province. Alertly observing a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force moving near his position, he immediately adjusted mortar fire on the enemy and quickly led his platoon to an advantageous position from which the Marines commenced delivering accurate fire upon the hostile force. Although painfully wounded in the initial moments of the fire fight, he boldly moved among his men, shouting words of encouragement and directing their fire.

Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Second Lieutenant Allen was maneuvering his squads into an assault formation when he sustained a second wound from an enemy hand grenade. Steadfastly refusing medical aid, he advanced to the most forward position and fearlessly led a determined assault on the enemy positions until he fell seriously injured by the hostile fire. Inspired by his bold leadership and resolute determination, his men continued the attack, killing ten enemy soldiers and seizing numerous weapons.

By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, Second Lieutenant Allen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: May 24, 1968

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