Allen, Walter Henry, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 0369, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)/G Co
Service Years
1940 - 1951
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate
Iwo Jima Certificate

Technical Sergeant

 
Two Hash Marks

 

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 Personal Details 


Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Apr 23, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 12 Site 1656-4

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback


 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenTHE CHOSIN FEW
  1951, Korean War Fallen
  2015, THE CHOSIN FEW [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar
Basic Parachutist
Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)US Navy/NALF San Clemente1st Parachute Regiment3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)
5th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1940-1940, 0300, MCB San Diego, CA
  1940-1942, 0311, US Navy/NALF San Clemente
  1943-1944, 0311, 1st Parachute Regiment/1st Parachute Bn
  1944-1946, 0369, 3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)/H Co
  1947-1947, 0369, 5th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
  1951-1951, 0369, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)/G Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He Recived the Navy Cross in Feb. 1945 on Iwo Jima. He was with 3rd Battalion 26th Marines at the time. Sgt Allen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 17, 1915. He was a veteran Marine Parachutist before joining the 5th Marine Division at Camp Pendleton

He continued his service after the war and served with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in Korea. TSgt Allen was killed in action by enemy small arms fire on April 23, 1951 and received a posthumous Bronze Star with "V" device.
   
Comments/Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant Walter H. Allen (MCSN: 284778), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Squad Leader of Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 22 February 1945. While leading his squad through heavy small-arms and artillery fire in an assault on a strongly defended enemy position, Sergeant Allen and his men became isolated in front of his platoon which received heavy casualties, including the Platoon Leader. With his squad vulnerable on the flanks and in the rear, he repeatedly exposed himself to the heavy fire while deploying his squad to cover the platoon front and, after contacting units on his left and right, renewed the attack on his own initiative, knocking out at least two pillboxes and many other hostile installations. He then sent word of the situation to his Company Commander and, despite additional casualties among his men, captured the enemy position and continued to advance along the platoon front until ordered to stop. His aggressive leadership, determined fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: 22-Feb-45
   
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