Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Marine Sgt. Chad M. Allen

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Sgt. Chad M. Allen, 25, of Maple Lake, Minn.

Sgt. Allen was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 28 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq.

By Curt Brown and Kevin Giles
Star Tribune staff writers

A 25-year-old Marine from Maple Lake, Minn., died Wednesday when a bomb exploded in Iraq, two days after a soldier with strong Minnesota ties died in a similar explosion.

Sgt. Chad M. Allen, whom his father described as a "very well loved young man," was killed while driving a light-armored vehicle in the Anbar Province.

He was on his second deployment in Iraq and was scheduled to leave the Marines on May 1, said his father, Steve Allen of Danbury, Wis.

On Monday, former Coon Rapids resident Army Sgt. William (B.J.) Beardsley, 25, was killed by a roadside bomb in Diwaniyah, about 100 miles south of Baghdad.

He and Allen were the 52nd and 53rd people with Minnesota ties to die in connection with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Allen joined the Marines the day after the Sept. 11 attacks, said his mother, Deborah Allen, also of Danbury. "He was going to save his family from harm," she said Thursday.

His parents said he volunteered for a second tour of duty in Iraq to take the place of an injured fellow Marine.

Allen was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Allen's father said his son had told him Sunday that he had been promoted to sergeant. Chad, the second of four children, had grown up in Maple Lake and graduated from high school there.

Bart Kilgo, Allen's friend since kindergarten, said, "He was an all-around great person, the best friend I ever had," Kilgo said Thursday night.

The two played high school football together -- Allen played guard on offense and linebacker on defense -- and remained close friends even throughout their military careers.

Kilgo left the Marines after serving two tours in Iraq.

Allen worked for a car wash and a landscape company before joining the Marines.

He loved to fish, ride his motorcycle, and was homecoming king in high school, his mother said. "He was awesome, he was the coolest kid," she said. "He was very happy, very outgoing, never could sit still for a minute."

N.C.-based Marine killed in Iraq remembered by family
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MINNEAPOLIS -- A North Carolina-based Marine killed in Iraq this week was remembered as an outgoing young man who enlisted to "save his family from harm" the day after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sgt. Chad M. Allen, 25, died Wednesday when a bomb exploded during combat operations in Anbar province, the Department of Defense and his family said Thursday. Allen was on his second deployment in Iraq and was scheduled to leave the Marine Corps on May 1, his father said.

Allen was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

"He was awesome, he was the coolest kid," said his mother, Deborah Allen, of Danbury, Wis. "He was very happy, very outgoing, never could sit still for a minute."

His father, Steve Allen, also of Danbury, said his son was a "very well loved young man."

Allen enlisted in the Marines the day after the Sept. 11 attacks but didn't go in until 2003, his mother said.

"He was going to save his family from harm," she said.

Chad Allen trained as a light armored vehicle crewman before joining the LAR Battalion, according to the Marines.

His parents said he volunteered for a second tour of duty in Iraq to take the place of an injured fellow Marine. Steve Allen said his son told him Sunday that he had been promoted to sergeant.

Chad Allen, the second oldest of four children, grew up in Maple Lake and graduated from high school there. He worked for a car wash and a landscape company before joining the Marines.

He loved to fish and ride his motorcycle and was homecoming king in high school, his mother said.

Marine Sgt. Chad M. Allen was killed in action on 02/28/07.

1 comment:

Julie Middendorf said...

Chad-we love you very much! Thanks for all the fun times! You were the first person to show me the ocean and and actually get me out of Minnesota. I had a blast new years 2005. One day we will meet again.

Love you bunches,
Julie