Allen, Raymond, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11C40-Indirect Fire Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11C20, Detachment A-503 (1st MSF Battalion), Detachment B-55 (5th Mobile Strike Force Command)
Service Years
1954 - 1966

Special Forces
Sergeant First Class

Four Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rossville, GA
Last Address
Rossville, GA

Casualty Date
Mar 09, 1966
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Chattanooga National Cemetery - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05E 130 / Section PP Site 309

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Detachment B-55 (5th Mobile Strike Force Command)5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1965-1966, 11C20, Detachment A-503 (1st MSF Battalion), Detachment B-55 (5th Mobile Strike Force Command)
  1966-1966, 11C40, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
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Last Known Activity

San Luis Obispo County Telegram-Tribune Tuesday, April 5, 1966
And One of Them Was Sgt. Ray Allen
by Mel Gauntz, Staff Writer

SANTA MAGARITA The attack on the Special Forces camp at A Shau didnt last long. A regiment of North Vietnamese regulars launched its assault on the camp some time during Tuesday, March 8. And the heroic defense of the camp by 12 American Green Berets and 375 native troops against a force estimated at 1,500 men grabbed the headlines for only a couple of days: GREEN BERET OUTPOST UNDER SIEGE BY CONG (Wednesday) SURRENDER FORCED ON HEROIC U.S. UNIT (Thursday) By Friday, the story was at the bottom of most front pages across the country: 59 MORE RESCUED FROM CONG.

On Saturday, March 12, the rescue of seven more Americans and a number of Vietnamese was buried near the end of a story about the latest Saigon political controversy. But before a Canadian sex scandal and an Indonesian crackdown on Communists regained the front page, an estimated 200 Vietnamese and an undisclosed number of Americans had been killed. One of them was Sgt. 1-C Ray Allen. We dont know how many others went to the aid of their besieged comrades at A Shau, but only 32 got back.

Allen was only 29 and looked a lot younger. But, hed been a soldier for 12 years and volunteered for the Green Berets, the elite Special Forces organization, three years ago. He wasnt supposed to have been sent to Viet Nam until this spring, but he and 10 buddies volunteered to go last November in Ft. Bragg, N.C. Allen was an advisor to a group on Chinese Nungs (mercenaries), who Allen wrote were real good fighters.Allen hadnt seen any action until the camp at A Shau was overrun on March 8. Then, he and his Nungs were sent from Nha Trang to help out the hard-pressed Green Berets there. Two days later, Catherine Allen received a telegram that said her husband was missing in action. She lives in Santa Margarita with her widowed sister, Mrs. Sally Garnett. A letter from Allen telling her dont worry came the next day. But that had been written before A Shau. He had such good training and was such a good soldier that I thought he could have had a chance if he had somehow gotten away,she said Monday.


The second telegram, the one that said there was no more hope, came Sunday. But by then, she had already heard from Allen's commanding officer and one of his buddies. The Allens were married seven years ago and have a daughter, Stephanie, 3. He was from Cleveland, Ga., and her home town is Chattanooga, Tenn. Thats where the military services will be. Catherine Allens eyes are red from the tears, but shes not bitter. She recognizes that the war in Viet Nam is not a popular one. It seems no knows about the Green Berets or cares, she said.
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