Pappy Allen: Laid So Much Destruction at Iwo Jima He Was Ordered to Stop

Jun 21 , 2022

Pappy Allen: Laid So Much Destruction at Iwo Jima He Was Ordered to Stop

Walter Henry Allen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 17, 1915. He was a veteran Marine Parachutist before joining the 5th Marine Division at Camp Pendleton.

Allen served as a Squad Leader in Company H, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines while on Iwo Jima. He was the oldest man in 1st Platoon and he was a true, "Old Corps Marine".

On February 22, 1945, while leading his squad through heavy small arms and artillery fire in an assault on a strongly defended enemy position, Sergeant Allen and his men became isolated in front of his platoon which suffered heavy casualties, including the Platoon Leader.

With his squad vulnerable on the flanks and in the rear, he repeatedly exposed himself to the heavy fire while deploying his squad to cover the platoon front, and after contacting units on his left and right, renewed the attack on his own initiative, knocking out at least two pillboxes and many other hostile installations.

He then sent word of the situation to his Company Commander and, despite additional casualties among his men, captured the enemy position and continued to advance along the platoon front until ordered to stop.

His aggressive leadership and determined fighting spirit earned him the Navy Cross for his actions.

Sergeant Walter H. Allen received the Navy Cross in Feb. 1945 on Iwo Jima serving Company H of the 3rd Battalion 26th Marines.
He was a veteran Marine Parachutist before joining the 5th Marine Division at Camp Pendleton.He was the oldest man in 1st Platoon and he was a true "Old Corps Marine".
He continued his service after the war and served with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in Korea.
Technical Sergeant Allen was killed in action by enemy small arms fire on April 23, 1951 and received a posthumous Bronze Star with "V" device.

1940-1940: MCB San Diego, California
1940-1942: NALF San Clemente
1943-1944: 1st Parachute Bn, 1st Parachute Regiment
1944-1946: H Co, 3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)
1947-1947: 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
1951-1951: G Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)

Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
Company H, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division "The Spearhead", U.S. Marine Corps
Awarded on:
February 22nd, 1945
Awarded for:
Operation Detachment
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant Walter H. Allen (MCSN: 284778), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Squad Leader of Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 22 February 1945. While leading his squad through heavy small-arms and artillery fire in an assault on a strongly defended enemy position, Sergeant Allen and his men became isolated in front of his platoon which received heavy casualties, including the Platoon Leader. With his squad vulnerable on the flanks and in the rear, he repeatedly exposed himself to the heavy fire while deploying his squad to cover the platoon front and, after contacting units on his left and right, renewed the attack on his own initiative, knocking out at least two pillboxes and many other hostile installations. He then sent word of the situation to his Company Commander and, despite additional casualties among his men, captured the enemy position and continued to advance along the platoon front until ordered to stop. His aggressive leadership, determined fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 44533-45
Navy Cross
Period:
Korean War (1950-1953)
Unit:
1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division "The Old Breed", U.S. Marine Corps
Awarded on:
1951

with V device (posthumously awarded)
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
with star
Purple Heart
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
with star
Combat Action Ribbon
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
with 2 stars
Good Conduct Medal - Marine Corps
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
with 2 stars
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
with 1 star
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
with 1 star
Korean Service Medal (KSM)


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3 Comments

  • 21 Jun 2022 Thomas West

    I agree they are making fewer of this type of man each and everyone of them

  • 21 Jun 2022 Michael Guinn

    They certainly aren’t making many men like that these days!! God Bless Sgt. Allen, at ease Marine!!

  • 21 Jun 2022 Charles

    They didn’t have to worry about politics and investigations back then. All that crap started with Vietnam.


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