In Memory of
Robert Glen Allen
Rapid City, South Dakota
Pennington County
June 24, 1926 – June 22, 1945
Killed in Action on Okinawa

Robert Glen Allen

Robert Glen Allen was the son of Glen N. Allen and Marie J. (Nelson) Allen.   He was born in Mason City, Iowa on June 24, 1926. He also had two sisters, Donna and Shirley.   Allen graduated from high school in Rapid City. 

After high school, Glen became Pvt. Robert Glen Allen when he joined the United States Army.  He was quickly sent to Ft. Hood, Texas, where he received his basic training.  After his basic training he was sent overseas to serve his country.  He soon found himself in the great Pacific Ocean on a small island called Okinawa.  He had been given a raise in rank and was now Private First Class Allen.

PFC Robert Glen Allen was fatally wounded in action on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands.  The War Department initially informed the family he had died on June 23, 1945, but in a later correspondence corrected the date to June 22, 1945.  He was nineteen years old at the time of his death.

PFC Robert Glen Allen received a military burial at Okinawa.  His body was later exhumed and returned to the country for which he died.  His final resting spot is the Black Hills National Cemetery.  He received the Purple Heart for his wounds in the service of his country.  He is still survived by his two sisters, Donna M. Horsley of Rapid City, SD, and Shirley J. Kiehl of Kansas City, MO. 

Private First Class Robert Allen joined the United States Army without being forced.  He knew the danger, but went regardless.  He paid the ultimate price for his country, and for that he will forever be remembered by his country as a hero and a soldier. 

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chris Bessette, Tyson Gunn, and Kalvin Eisenbraun, 12th grade, Wall High School, Wall, South Dakota, April 30, 2002.  Donna Horsley, PFC Allen’s sister, Rapid City, South Dakota, provided information for this entry.