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LTC Gordon Leigh Allen
Birth: Feb. 17, 1918
Death: Dec. 8, 1983

Headquarters, Commanding General 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
General Orders: Serial: 15581 28 September 1953

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Third Gold Star in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Gordon L. Allen (MCSN: 0-10926), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy as a member of a carrier-based Marine Attack Squadron in Korea. On 14 July 1953, Major Allen, in answer to an urgent request for all available air support, led a division of Marine attack aircraft against a major enemy troop concentration near Kumsong, North Korea. Despite extremely rough seas, a fifty mile per hour gale sweeping the carrier's deck and a heavy overcast, conditions that would normally preclude combat flight operations from an aircraft carrier, Major Allen safely led his division into the air, through the instrument weather and directly to the target area,. Over the objective the adverse weather prevented dive bombing attacks and he was compelled to conduct his bombing runs by the use of radar. Displaying exceptional professional ability, he scored direct bomb hits that inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. After directing his flight in a highly successful bombing assault, he safely led the division back to the carrier. Major Allen's outstanding accuracy and exemplary leadership were responsible for the success of a mission that disrupted and repulsed one of the largest enemy offensives in over two years, thereby substantially reducing pressure on front line elements of the United Nations ground forces. His courageous conduct, exceptional initiative and steadfast devotion to duty throughout reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. 
Family links: 
  Willie Elias Allen (1891 - 1969)
  Alta Roy Walker Allen (1893 - 1994)
  Inez Allen Moore (1913 - 1995)*
  Gordon Leigh Allen (1918 - 1983)
*Calculated relationship

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside County
California, USA
Plot: 5, 0, 2758
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Record added: Feb 25, 2000
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LTC Gordon Leigh Allen
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LTC Gordon Leigh Allen
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LTC Gordon Leigh Allen
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Hi Mr. Allen! I am so happy I got to meet you in my life! You made such a good impression in me and taught me a very important lesson in life. " If you borrow something, return it in the same or better condition!". LOL..You raised 2 fine boys! Glad you we...(Read more)
- Patty LaPlante
 Added: Sep. 4, 2016
Thank you Sir for your heroic service. Thank you for taking me in and treating me like a son my senior year in High School. Your kindness helped me greatly during a turbulent time in my life. You would be proud thatni served 24 yrs un USAF and now have a ...(Read more)
- Stephen Poole
 Added: Aug. 27, 2016

- Thomas Allen
 Added: Mar. 1, 2014
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