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PFC Richard Graham Allen
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Birth: Jan. 28, 1947
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 1966
Quang Ngai, Vietnam

Richard, the son of Sgt1/C Ronald I. Allen of HQ Co. USAG-SAS Engineer Section on active duty and Margaret M. Lutes of Long Beach CA, enlisted in the US Marine Corps on February 26, 1964 in Los Angeles CA. He was assigned to Company H, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 3d MARDIV (Rein) FMF during Operation UTAH.

On March 4, during Operation UTAH the first wave of Marines were taken under fire but managed to secure the landing zone and begin to move towards their objectives. Advancing in a general easterly direction, the Marines pushed forward for a few hundred meters before that were taken under heavy enemy fire. Company G penetrated the enemy positions in two places but couldn't take advantage of these minor gains because of the lack of reserves. Company H on the right, made some progress until the NVA counterattacked in force.

The attack was repulsed with the use of 81 mm mortars on the NVA troops pouring across open rice paddies. The NVA then stuck Company F with a heavy volume of fire; casualties were piling up from the devastating enemy fire for all the Marine units battling the hardened enemy troops they encountered in the open paddies, in the hedgerows and tree lines. The NVA attack was finally repulsed by air strikes, using bombs, rockets and napalm that were dropped on the NVA until the Marines reached their night defensive positions near the hamlet of Chau Nhai.

PFC Allen died from multiple enemy gunshot wounds, one of forty-four Marine casualties from the 2d Battalion killed in action by the enemy during the battle. Five Marines from Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines were also killed.

Casualties:
H&S Company: Nine men Killed in Action

Company F: Twelve men Killed in Action, one died of wounds

Company G: Four men Killed In Action

Casualties: Company H

Richard Graham Allen
Raymond Blanchette
Rupert Sadler Carven III
John Jay Edwards
Andrew Lalone Hastings
Klaus Jurgen Herms
Henry James Hooper
William John Hrinko
William Johnson
Lewis Albert Kimmel
Franz Joseph Kolbeck
Vinford Franklyn Michael
Henry Duane Odom
Peter Gary Scavuzzo
Robert Lee Smith Jr.
Charles Robert Wetzel
 
 
Note: Date of Interment: March 21, 1966
 
Burial:
Sunnyside Cemetery
Long Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: N Chapel, Section 93B, Grave 6
 
Maintained by: Victor Vilionis
Originally Created by: Randall Waldrep
Record added: Aug 20, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6708549
PFC Richard Graham Allen
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PFC Richard Graham Allen
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PFC Richard Graham Allen
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RICHARD G ALLEN is on the Wall at Panel 5E, Line 98. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.
- Billy M. Brown
 Added: Feb. 6, 2013

- The Jeans
 Added: Jun. 12, 2011
Sacrifice is always Remembered
- Victor Vilionis
 Added: May. 2, 2011
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