Allen, Calvin Osbourne, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 1542, 350th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1942 - 1944

Infantry

Second Lieutenant


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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1914
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Atchison
Last Address
Bakersfield, California

Casualty Date
Sep 26, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Italy
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Cemetery - Bakersfield, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cloverdale, Space 4, Lot B, Block 7

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 Unit Assignments
88th Infantry Division350th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1944, 1542, 88th Infantry Division
  1943-1944, 1542, 350th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/North Apennines Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
  1931-1935, Northwest Christian College
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. Calvin Allen entered the Army on 17 November 1942. from Fresno, California.

He served with 350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, 5th Army in Italy during WWII. His unit landed in Algeria in December 1943.  Entered combat near Naples in February 1944.

His unit captured Monte Acuto and Monte del Puntale by 26 September and moved on to the battle for Monte Battaglia. He was killed in action in mountain battles, near Imola, Italy.

He was finally interred in Greenlawn Cemetery, Bakersfield, California.

He left a wife, Ova Pearl Allen, in Bakersfield, California at his passing. She passed away in Turner, Oregon 22 July 2015.

Note: 
He attended Northwest Christian College, graduating in 1935 as a minister., and serving as a clergyman until his entry into the Army and OCS training.

 
   
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Source:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8437277/calvin-osbourne-allen#view-photo=136535217

Calvin Osbourne Allen
(16 January 1914 - 26 September 1944)
Lieutenant / United States Army
350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Division, 5th Army

The Silver Star, one of the nation's highest awards for gallantry in action, has been presented posthumously in memory of the late Lieutenant Calvin O. Allen, former minister of the Church of Christ in Fellows, whose widow resides at 110 Woodrow Avenue, Bakersfield.

Leading the assault platoon of his company against enemy positions on a hill, Allen deployed his men, when they came under fire, so effectively they were able to capture or kill 30 of the Germans.

Later, when the platoon came upon a house the enemy was using as a strong point, Allen had his men cover his advance as he boldly charged the house with grenades. He was able to reach the house and throw grenades into it before he was killed by machine-gun and mortar fire. By the sacrifice of his life, Allen destroyed the enemy strong-point, securing the flank of his regiment and making further advance possible.

His action was an inspiration to all who knew him and reflects the highest traditions of the armed forces. Allen served in the Three Hundred Fiftieth Infantry Regiment of the Eighty-eighth 'Blue Devil'Division of the Fifth Army.

Lieutenant Allen was Killed in Action at Imola, Italy.

Burial: Greenlawn Memorial Park, Bakersfield, Kern County, California. Plot: Cloverdale, Space 4, Lot B, Block 7
   
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