- Date of passing: Aug 25, 2003
|Let the memory of Spc. Ronald be with us forever|
22, of Mitchell, Ind.; assigned to the 502nd Personnel Service Battalion, 43rd Area Support Group, Fort Carson, Colo.; killed Aug. 25 in a vehicle accident while conducting convoy operations near Balad, Iraq.
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Fort Carson soldier remembered as mischievous, loyal
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A standing-room-only crowd at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel remembered a Fort Carson soldier killed in Iraq as mischievous, loyal and as a “true American hero.”
Spc. Ronald D. Allen Jr., 22, was killed Aug. 25 in a traffic accident in northern Iraq. The Indiana native was the first soldier from the 502nd Personal Service Battalion, 43rd Area Support Group and the 17th soldier from Fort Carson to die in Iraq.
“We are reminded that in war there are no guarantees of safety,” his commander, Capt. Jessica Murnock, said Tuesday. She described Allen as “an outstanding soldier and a loving son.”
Allen, of Mitchell, Ind., had jumped out of his Humvee to repair a flat tire. He was fatally injured when another vehicle spun out.
A solitary helmet and an empty pair of boots flanked Allen’s photo at the head of the aisle during his memorial service. Allen’s mother and stepfather traveled from Indiana to join about 700 other mourners.
Three of his fellow specialists paid tribute to Allen, described as a young man with exuberant tastes and deep friendships.
“He played his music too loud,” said Spc. Travis Rollins, “(but) to us he was a friend. I don’t trust many people, but I knew I could count on Allen.”
“Whether it cost (him) financially or physically, he was always willing to help,” said Spc. Stephen Bell.
The crowd watched silently as a large screen showed images of Allen’s life, from a gap-toothed young boy to a soldier hugging his mother.
Allen enlisted in the Army in his junior year in high school. He received the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal after his death.
Spc. Buck Simmons remembered taking Allen home to Leadville one Thanksgiving and introducing him to snowmobiling in Colorado.
“We were more than friends, we were family,” Simmons said.
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