GREEN BERETS Allen, Frederick L.

John Robertson

Staff member
Frederick L.
  • UNIT
5 SF Group (Det A-512)
  • RANK
Sergeant First Class
Silver Star
Iraq 2004
native of Ann Arbor, Michigan


Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant First Class [then Staff Sergeant] Frederick L. Allen, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operational Detachment Alpha 512 (ODA-512), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, at An Najaf, Iraq, on 12 August 2004. Sergeant First Class Allen, the other members of Operational Detachment - Alpha 512, along with 51 Iraqi National Guardsmen, engaged approximately 15 - 20 Mahdi Militiamen embedded inside a school. The detachment, with the Iraqi National Guard in the lead, advanced toward their objective and came under immediate and intense enemy fire from inside the school. Sergeant First Class Allen, the gunner in the detachment's 2d vehicle, ordered his GMV forward, placing himself in the direct line of fire to allow the Iraqi National Guard elements to re-group and reorganize after sustaining several casualties. Multiple times in the fight, Sergeant First Class Allen selflessly stayed in the line of fire battling the enemy, so that others could make it back to cover. Sergeant First Class Allen's actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, this Command, and the United States Army.

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