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Birth: Apr. 3, 1974
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 2005
Baghdad, Iraq


Guardsman who died had doubted Iraq effort
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 29, 2005

Sgt. Howard Paul Allen of Mesa fought in Iraq in a situation that frustrated him and at times depressed him.
Allen wrote Aug. 25: "You feel that bomb go off in your dreams, but it's not your buddy this time but you."
The 31-year-old Arizona Army National Guardsman and graduate of Paradise Valley High School was killed Monday in Baghdad when a bomb exploded near his vehicle.
Allen, who had a 3-year-old son and stepchildren 12 and 10, lived in north central Mesa, served four years in the Navy and was promoted to sergeant in the guard Aug. 21. His wife said he had just re-enlisted for six more years.
He graduated from high school in 1993 and was a member a school program for marketing studies and an anti-drunken driving organization.
Allen, who is the second Arizona National Guardsmen to die in Iraq, was assigned to the Phoenix-based 860th Military Police.
He referred to Iraq as "hell" and found some solace on the Internet where he shared much of his life, even intimate details, over a period of years. He had posted three messages since he was sent to Iraq in March.
Through his LiveJournal on-line blogging, he connected with old friends, called his fellow soldiers "family," people who would be there for each other "in a heartbeat" if something went wrong.
"The main thing I want people to know is that the men and women he served with were everything," his wife, Patience, 31, a Web designer, said as she stood in her front yard Wednesday. "He volunteered for missions so his friends' lives would not be put on the line."
She said her husband expressed anti-war feelings after he went to Iraq, but he wasn't driven by it.
"He took that job extremely seriously," she said. "He did what they wanted him to do."
He wrote a Web log last Saturday, "Long lost friends," in which he said the only reason for America's involvement in Iraq is that President Bush wanted to better his father.
Patience Allen said the couple were last together when Allen returned to Mesa in July for a three-week furlough.

Funeral services are pending.


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Warriors Walk Memorial
Liberty County
Georgia, USA
Plot: 204
Created by: Elizabeth
Record added: Jul 13, 2006
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Sgt Howard Paul Allen
Added by: Elizabeth
Sgt Howard Paul Allen
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Sgt Howard Paul Allen
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- Veteran's family
 Added: Sep. 27, 2013
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- R. Watson
 Added: Jul. 17, 2013
Thinking of you, always.
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