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A few years ago, I went to an antique shop in Clinton. As I was looking around I noticed a wicker basket filled with old photographs. I love old photos, so I quickly started scanning through them. After looking through several hundred photos, I pulled out of the pile the following images related to the service of Ernest B. Allen, Jr., of Jackson, Mississippi. Allen was a 1st Lieutenant in the 216th Field Artillery Battalion, which was attached to the 35th Infantry Division. He was killed in action in Belgium on January 13, 1945, and was awarded the Silver Star for the action in which he lost his life. I found a copy of his Silver Star citation online, and it stated:
“When his battery was subjected to an intense enemy artillery barrage while on a convoy move, Lieutenant Allen, with utter disregard for his own safety, made his way toward several wounded men lying in exposed positions while shells were falling all about him, but was killed before he could administer aid to the wounded soldiers. His inspiring display of intrepidity and unselfishness on this occasion characterized the high type of leadership for which Lieutenant Allen had been known throughout his service in combat, and reflects high credit upon the military service.”
This Memorial Day I would like to remember Ernest Braxton Allen, Junior, of Jackson, Mississippi, who gave his life fighting for his country.