Allen, Thomas Joseph, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 0369, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)/C Co
Service Years
1941 - 1945

Staff Sergeant

 
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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Catassauqua
Last Address
Catasauqua

Casualty Date
May 23, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Okinawa
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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World War II FallenWW II Memorial National Registry
  1945, World War II Fallen
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry


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 Unit Assignments
4th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)
  1943-1945, 0369, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)/C Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle for Saipan
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Thomas Joseph Allen
Staff Sergeant,
U.S. Marine Corps
Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division
Date of Action: May 23, 1945

Navy Cross

The Navy Cross is presented to Thomas Joseph Allen, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, Sixth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 23 May 1945.

Volunteering to act as an ammunition carrier for a machine-gun squad in his company, Staff Sergeant Allen and three of his comrades sustained wounds when the unit was pinned down by heavy hostile mortar and automatic weapons fire.

Deliberately exposing himself to the shattering Japanese concentrations to bring down more effective fire upon the enemy, he staunchly remained in his vulnerable position and, although receiving mortal wounds, continued to deliver covering fire upon the hostile positions until the three casualties had been safely evacuated.

By his indomitable fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Allen undoubtedly saved the lives of his three comrades and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
   
Comments/Citation
SSgt. Thomas Allen was interred in Calvary Cemetery, North Catasauqua,, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in Section C, Lot 240, Grave N.
   
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