RAIDERS Allen, Thomas Joseph

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Allen
  • FORENAME
Thomas Joseph
  • UNIT
1 Raider Bn (Company C)
  • RANK
Staff Sergeant
  • NUMBER
350828​
  • DATE OF DEATH
23rd May 1945
  • AGE
23​
  • GRAVESITE
Calvary Cemetery, North Catasauqua, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born Catasauqua, Pennsylvania
Next of kin - Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Allen, 752 2d St., Catasauqua, Pennsylvania
award Navy Cross
KIA Okinawa
 

DATE OF DEATH:

23-May-1945

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/allen-thomas-joseph.29698/

CITATION:

Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Thomas Joseph Allen (MCSN: 350828), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 23 May 1945. Volunteering to act as an ammunition carrier for a machine-gun squad in his company, Staff Sergeant Allen and three of his comrades sustained wounds when the unit was pinned down by heavy hostile mortar and automatic weapons fire. Deliberately exposing himself to the shattering Japanese concentrations to bring down more effective fire upon the enemy, he staunchly remained in his vulnerable position and, although receiving mortal wounds, continued to deliver covering fire upon the hostile positions until the three casualties had been safely evacuated. By his indomitable fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Allen undoubtedly saved the lives of his three comrades and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/134295948/thomas-joseph-allen
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