Allen Avery Griffin
Area papers printed his obituary around September 12 1968 something like:
Full military rites were accorded Chickasaw County youth who has given his all in Vietnam in the service of his country.
Military personnel from Fort McClellan, Ala., offiviated at funeral services Tuesday, Sept. 9, for Sp/4 Allen Avery Griffin, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Griffin of Houston, Route 3.
He was wounded in action on August 26, when he was struck in the chest with mortar fragments. He died August 27.
Funeral services were conducted from the Macedonia Methodist Church at 2 pm Tuesday, with the Rev. Bobby Hankins officiating.
It was the second Army "hitch" for young Griffin. He attended Houston schools and was inducted into the Army for two years. He received his basic training at Ft. Pope, and then sent to Ft. Sill for about two years. Then he served a year in Germany. He was mustered out of the service in 1965, and remained out of uniform for about two months.
Then he re-enlisted, this time for six years. He went back to Ft. Sill, stayed there about a year and was then sent to Germany for two years, then returned to the States and assigned to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, for a short time. On June 20, 1968, he left for Viet Nam and was assigned to Company C, Air Mobile Infantry.
He was killed when his unit came under attack from an enemy using mortars on the forward base he occupied and he was hit by shrapnel. He was admitted to the hospital with very serious injuries where he later died. It is probable that he was wounded in the same attack that killed CPL Richard Lawrence Daugherty Waterloo, Illinois on August 26.
At the time of his death, SP4 Griffin was survived by his mother Mildred Easley Griffin (1915-1996), father James Sidney Griffin (1909-1968); three sisters, Pauline, Dorothy Ann, and Melia, all of Houston; five brothers, James William (J..W.) (1932-1980), John Edgar (1935-2014), Nelson, Fletcher Dwight (1944-2005), and Randy Griffin, all of Houston.
SP4 Allen Avery Griffin was laid to rest at Macedonia Methodist Church Cemetery, Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
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