|Death: ||Mar. 31, 1951, North Korea|
Sgt Allen, Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, was wounded in S. Korea on September 6, 1950. He returned to duty on October 10, 1950.
On November 28, 1950, Allen and elements of Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment (IR), 25th Infantry Division (ID), were deployed north of the Ch’ongch’on River, North Korea, when their unit was encircled & attacked by enemy forces. During this attack, Allen was captured.
Several days later enemy forces marched Allen & the other captured servicemen, north to prisoner of war (POW) Camp 5 on the southern banks of the Yalu River at Old Pyoktong. On March 31, 1951, Allen died in captivity & was buried by fellow POWs.
In 1954, the United Nations & Communist Forces exchanged the remains of the war’s dead, in what came to be known as Operation Glory. Among those remains turned over by enemy forces was a box which allegedly contained the remains of a U.S. serviceman who died at POW Camp 5.
When all attempts to identify the remains failed, a military review board declared the remains unidentifiable & they were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the “Punchbowl.”
In 2012, analysts from JPAC & the Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) reevaluated Allen’s records & determined that due to the advances in technology, the remains needed to be exhumed for identification.
The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) used circumstantial evidence & forensic identification tools, such as dental comparison. The evidence from these tests matched Allen’s records.
After his remains were identified, he was re-buried in Dallas Texas on May 17, 2013.
Allen's name is still inscribed on the Courts of the Missing. He was awarded a Bronze Star & a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Created by: Randy
Record added: Dec 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45333321
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Added: May. 15, 2013
Welcome Home, Sergeant! "Sgt. Charles Allen, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, was lost on March 31, 1951, near Pyoktong, North Korea. He was accounted for on April 19. He will be buried with full militar...(Read more)|
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