John R. Allen, ASN 15382752, I Co, 3rd Bn, 501st PIR

Jungle1062
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Joined: 02 Dec 2016, 21:53

02 Dec 2016, 21:53 #1

I'm looking for information and am hoping someone can help. John was my wife's Grandfather. She never got to meet him and just recently found out that he had served in WW2. She sent in a request for his records but because of the fire in the 70's all we received was his Enlistment record and Separation report. I'm kinda hoping someone here can help fill in the gaps. His Separation report shows him being separated out from HQ Co, 20th Bn, 4th Inf. on Oct. 9th '45 and we were drawing a blank in any of our searches for info. An Uncle had a couple of old photos of John showing him with the Screaming Eagle patch on his uniform. Between that, the info on the report (Parachute School, Ft Benning, Parachutists Badge, etc.) I started searching sites for the 101st. Found one that listed him (or at least "A" John R. Allen) as jumping with I Co, 3rd Bn, 501st PIR on D-Day. We know from the report what awards and badges he earned (though like for the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, not how or why). I know from searches where and when the 501st fought. But does anyone out there have any details on John? Like why the discrepancy between units?
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Esterhazy Houzard
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Joined: 12 Dec 2007, 09:22

03 Dec 2016, 19:49 #2

Hello,
John R. Allen (15382752) is indeed listed in the Piet Pulles roster as a member of I/501st Prcht Inf (check this link to know more about the Pulles roster: http://www.screamingeagles.nl/salesenglish2014.htm).
I have also found in my database two entries related to Mr. J.R. Allen:- T/4 Allen, John R., duty to furlough 7 days as of 15 July 1944, per SO 94, Hq 501st Prcht Inf, dated 14 July 1944.- T/4 Allen, John R., apointed Sgt. as of 21 July 1944
J.R. Allen was a radioman.
These infos are coming from the I Company, 501st Prcht Inf Morning Reports, but I can't find the copy in my documents, altough I believe this infos are accurate. I suggest you get in contact with WWII professional researcher Brian Siddall at AirborneInNormandy.com as he has all the Morning Reports for Normandy at least, and probably more.
Cheers,
Christophe
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Jungle1062
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04 Dec 2016, 03:23 #3

Thank you so much Christophe for the confirmation. Now we know that we're on the right track. Also thank you for the contact info.
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