Allen, William Terry, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Air Defense Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 1981, A Company, 4th Aviation Battalion
Service Years
1965 - 1967

Air Defense Artillery

First Lieutenant

One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Enterprise, AL
Last Address
Enterprise, AL

Casualty Date
Dec 04, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Meadowlawn Cemetery - Enterprise, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
31E 032

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Field Artillery Officer Candidate School (Fort Sill, OK)
 Unit Assignments
4th Aviation Battalion, 4th Infantry Division4th Infantry Division
  1967-1967, 1981, A Company, 4th Aviation Battalion
  1967-1967, 1981, 4th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16587

Automatic weapons fire brought down U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16587 on December 4, 1967 during an Operation Snoopy people sniffer mission south of Dak To. Four crewmen were killed, including 1LT William T. Allen, SP5 Wolfgang T.O. Mohl, SP4 Clyde M. Lee, and SP4 Thomas P. Ciecura. There was one survivor, WO1 Charles R. Livermont. Personal account of this incident by the survivor: I had been in-country about five months flying for A4th Aviation Battalion. I liked flying these sniffer missions and flew them whenever I could. 1LT William T. Allen was an AC and prior to the mission had told me that today I was flying as the PIC.

For this mission I had left the briefing a little earlier than he to make certain the aircraft was ready. When he joined us at the aircraft, he said that he had volunteered to fly the mission today under my command and the two enlisted men also said they volunteered for this mission. We had flown this type of mission in this area before and, if I remember the briefing correctly, we were told we were trying to pin-point about three NVA battalions. I do not recall being shot down or the rescue or the first few weeks in the hospitals. Later I talked with Al McGowan (his real name was James). He died in 1993, but he had served on the investigation team for my aircraft. He gave me some photos of the aircraft after I had been taken out. Normally, the sniffer Huey was covered by two gunships. I would love to talk with anyone of those crews. As I understand it, I was unconscious for a long time (maybe two days) before an Engineer team was able to rescue me and recover the bodies of my crew members. I spent about nine months in military hospitals and was then retired. (Submitted by Ray Livermont in June 2001) [Taken from]

He had attended OCS at Fort Sill, Oklahoma with class 17-66 and Flight School class 67-10.

He was the pilot of a UH-1H (tail number 66-16587) that was shot down while performing a Snoopy "People Sniffer" mission southwest of Dak To.

Crew Members:
1st Lt. William T. Allen, pilot
SP5 Wolfgang T.O. Mohl, crew chief
SP4 Clyde M. Lee, gunner
WO1 Charles R. Livermont, aircraft commander (Survived)
SP4 Thomas P. Ciecura, sniffer operator, HHC, 1st Bde, 4th ID
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