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