Allen, Richard L., LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 2520, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
Service Years
1945 - 1968


Special Forces
Lieutenant Colonel

Nine Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
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Last Address
Lake Placid, FL

Date of Passing
Jul 06, 1981
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Chapter C
  1975, Special Forces Association, 100, Chapter C (Executive Officer) (Fort Bragg, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

LTC Richard L. Allen passed away on 6 July 1981 in Lake Placid, FL. Born in Miami on 14 November 1926, he attended Georgia Military College and entered active duty in February 1945. Richard served with the 82nd Airborne Division, had two tours in Korea with the 1st Cavalry Division, and had three tours in Vietnam. He joined the 5th Special Forces Group in 1960 and remained with the 5th SFG until 1967. He served as an instructor at the Special Warfare School until his retirement in 1968. Richard Allen’s decorations include the Bronze Star w/OLC, Vietnamese Honor Medal, Master parachutist Badge, Combat Infantry Badge with Star, Air Medal with OLC, Purple Heart, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Reserve Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Citation, Vietnam Civic Action Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross Unit Citation. He also served as B and C Detachment Commander. Dick is survived by his wife Barbara, 2 daughters, Darcy and Elizabeth, 1 son, Richard L. III, and his father Richard L, Sr. Internment was in Lake Placid, FL.

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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Master Parachutist
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
82nd Airborne Division1st Cavalry Division 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1945-1947, 1542, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1951-1953, 1542, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
  1960-1964, 1542, HHC, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1964-1967, 1542, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1967-1968, 2520, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Military College
  1941-1945, Georgia Military College
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