Allen, Terry De La Mesa, Jr., 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
1967-1967, 1542, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry
Service Years
1952 - 1967


Lieutenant Colonel

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
El Paso, TX
Last Address
El Paso, TX

Casualty Date
Oct 17, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Binh Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Bliss National Cemetery - Fort Bliss, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28E 018 / Section A, Site 197A.

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Division2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry
  1967-1967, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
  1967-1967, 1542, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Shenandoah II/Battle of Ong Thanh
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Terry de la Mesa Allen, Jr. (1929-1967) son of Terry de la Mesa Allen, Sr. was a fourth generation soldier. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served with the 1st Infantry Division, which his father had commanded in World War II. He was killed in an ambush in South Vietnam on 17 October 1967, while leading a battalion against the Viet Cong near Lai Khe, northwest of Saigon at the Battle of Ong Thanh. He was married to Jean Ponder of El Paso and had 3 children; Mary, Consuelo, and Alice.



Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army

Headquarters and Headquarters Company
2d Battalion
28th Infantry Regiment 
1st Infantry Division

Date of Action: 17 October 1967


The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Terry De La Mesa Allen, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Lieutenant Colonel Allen distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 17 October 1967 while serving as Commanding Officer of an infantry battalion on a search and destroy operation near Chon Thanh. While moving to locate a suspected enemy base camp, a forward patrol of his unit detected a lone Viet Cong soldier and noises that indicated others were in the area. The element immediately deployed in an attempt to engage the insurgents. It was suddenly attacked by a large enemy force, and Colonel Allen quickly positioned the remainder of his men in a defensive perimeter, established radio contact with the beleaguered patrol, and ordered its withdrawal to his position so that artillery and air strikes could be directed on the hostile positions. As the forward element began to pull back, the main force's flank was savagely attacked with devastating automatic weapons, rocket and claymore weapons fire. Completely disregarding his personal safety, Colonel Allen repeatedly exposed himself to the withering barrage and moved among his men, skillfully directing the defenses and encouraging his troops to fight fiercely against the determined attackers. Accurate concentrations of enemy fire inflicted numerous casualties to his men and he was seriously wounded himself, but he refused medical attention and remained in the open to control the defenses and the movement of the forward element which was still attempting to join his main force. He was mortally wounded while gallantly leading his men in the face of overwhelming odds. His fearless actions in the heat of battle inspired his unit to staunchly defend its critical position until reinforcements arrived and the hostile forces were decisively defeated. Lieutenant Colonel Allen's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

HQ US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 6615 (December 26, 1967)
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