In Memory of
U.S. Army Technician Fifth Grade
Roger George Allen
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County
November 18, 1919 – June 14, 1944
Killed in Action in France

Roger George Allen

Roger G. Allen was born November 18, 1919, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to George and Clara Allen. He had a brother, Oliver, and two sisters, Bernice and Marjorie. Before he entered the service, Roger worked with his father in the trucking business.

On October 8, 1941, Roger Allen entered active service at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and was trained at Fort Crook, Nebraska. After his training, T-5 Allen was sent to Ajo, Arizona, to guard a copper mine. From there he went to Camp Gordon in Georgia for training on the half-track. He was then sent to England as a member of an armored unit to prepare for the Normandy Invasion.

Technician Fifth Grade Roger G. Allen was killed in action on June 14, 1944, in a small town eight days after the landing at Normandy, France.  

On November 29, 1944, Roger Allen was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for “initiative and courage displayed by this enlisted man on June 14, 1944, in Normandy, France, reflecting great credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.” He also was awarded the Purple Heart.

After the war, Roger Allen’s remains were returned to the United States and interred with military honors at Maplewood Cemetery in Laverne, Minnesota. He was survived by his parents, his brother, and sisters. Today only his sister, Marjorie Kendall, survives him.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, the Rapid City Journal, 11/29/44 issue, and Marjorie Kendall, sister of Roger Allen.