Ronald Paul Allen

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
03 September 1946 - 27 December 1967
Winona, Minnesota
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Ronald Paul Allen

22 Sep 2006

To our brave Marine who was taken from us at such a young age. You fought and died for the freedom of many. Your unselfish act has not been forgotten by your family. We are sad that you are gone, but are so proud of the time that we knew you.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Today we hear or read of another casualty.
A man or woman has lost his or her life in combat.
The flame has been put out on a bright future.
Who knows the cost to mankind?

A future president, a future doctor or nurse,
A humanitarian who would have improved society's lot.
The void almost unnoticed can never be filled.
Life goes on as many do not even give it a second thought.

But loved ones cannot move on without pain and heartache.
A question as to why this life is no more?
A question to understand the meaning of this sacrifice?
A story left untold and known only to their heart.

Tears, heartaches, questions and the worth of it all,
Not understood by many - felt by all who love their fellow man.
This ultimate sacrifice - making us safe for awhile,
Must be appreciated - must be honored - must demand a tear!
By Mark Stewart

From a relative,
Daniel Tweite

A Note from The Virtual Wall

When Battalion Landing Team 3/1, built around the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, landed at Than Tham Khe during Operation Badgertooth they ran into a buzz-saw. At day's end on 27 Dec 1967, BLT 3/1 had lost 49 men, most of them from Lima Company:
  • H&S Company: 3 men
  • K Company: 6 men
  • L Company: 26 men
    • Capt Thomas S. Hubbell, Milford, MI
    • 2ndLt George M. Broz, Stanwood, WA
    • SSgt Donald J. Cruden, Bayonne, NJ
    • Sgt Norman W. Clearwater, Catskill, NY
    • Cpl Albert L. Horner, Kenton, OH
    • LCpl Carl E. Abner, Campbell, CA
    • LCpl Ronald P. Allen, Winona, MN
    • LCpl Lawrence M. Barnes, Jersey City, NJ
    • LCpl Kenneth L. Chappell, Richmond, VA
    • LCpl Robert E. Hentschel, Rochester, NY
    • LCpl Donald C. Hopewell, Lakeland, FL
    • LCpl Mitchell Hughes, Louisville, KY
    • LCpl Harvey L. Rembert, Enid, OK
    • LCpl James E. Williams, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Pfc Bruce C. Alfred, Moultrie, GA
    • Pfc Garry L. Gabriel, Boise, ID
    • Pfc Earl L. Lewis, Odessa, TX
    • Pfc Vernon R. Lipinski, Baltimore, MD
    • Pfc George E. Lonsdale, Hartford, CT
    • Pfc Carlos F. Lozano, Detroit, MI
    • Pfc Gary W. Martell, Olmsted Falls, OH
    • Pfc Raymond B. Palma, Pacoima, CA
    • Pfc Arphalia L. Richardson, Melbourne, FL
    • Pfc Darnay Shubert, Philadelphia, PA
    • Pfc Stephen Williams, Philadelphia, PA
    • Pvt William J. Brown, Baltimore, MD
  • M Company: 12 men
  • A Company, 1st Engineers: 1 man
  • B Company, 1st Recon Bn: 1 man
The final known casualty from Than Tham Khe was Corporal David O. Kamp, Lima 3/1, rendered a quadraplegic by small arms fire. He died of his injuries 19 March 1997 and was added to the Wall on Memorial Day 2000.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a relative,
Daniel Tweite

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Sep 2006
Last updated 10/03/2006