Allen Ross Culpepper

Army of the United States
21 July 1944 - 18 May 1969
Minden, Louisiana
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Distinguished Service Cross


Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Allen R Culpepper

The database page for Allen Ross Culpepper

04 Oct 2001

My dear brother

I know God and Jesus welcomed you home.
I Love You and I Miss You
Your sister, Caren

This short writing is the beginning of my memorial.
I was only 11 years old when I learned of your death.
After 9 months of tour duty the Lord called you home.

I know the children you saw in Vietnam made an impression on your heart.
You had a baby daughter at the time of your tour.
Your former wife and your daughter (who is now married) have adopted orphaned children from around the world.
I know your caring, loving, heart lives on through the loved ones you impressed with your letters written while you were in Vietnam.

From his sister,
Caren Culpepper-Thomas

28 May 2005

Allen was a fine young man who lived four houses away from mine in Minden, Louisiana. He was always a good student and a gentleman. He is sadly missed by all who knew him.

From a friend,
T. D. Carey, M.D.
Ruston, LA

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Fire Support Base HUSKY was located just outside Xuan Loc in Long Khanh Province. On the night of 17/18 May 1969 FSB HUSKY was hit by a combined mortar, rocket, and sapper attack. Parts of the FSB were overrun and a number of the heavy guns were destroyed or put out of action - for example, four of C Btry 2/9 Arty's six 105mm howitzers were unusable, hindering the defense. Although the FSB held out against the attack, thirteen soldiers and one sailor were killed and a number of others wounded. The American dead were
  • SeaBee Team 1013, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 10
    • CE2 Philip L. Grieser, St Paris, OH

  • B Btry, 2nd Bn, 35th Artillery:
    • CPL Gary D. McCray, Claremont, NC

  • HHB, 2nd Bn, 35th Artillery:
    • CPT Norman P. Singer, Oklahoma City, OK
    • SP5 Larry J. Budde, Preston, IA
    • SP5 Robert L. Freeman, Ypsilanti, MI
    • SP5 John J. Laskowski, Willimansett, MA
    • SGT Dana M. Sykes, Winston-Salem, NC
    • CPL Larry L. Holmes, Port Wentworth, GA
    • PFC Henry F. Evans, Columbia, SC

  • D Btry, 71st Arty Rgt, 2 Field Force, USARV
    • SP4 Garry L. Uplinger, Cambridge, OH

  • C Btry, 7th Bn, 9th Artillery:
    • CPT Allen R. Culpepper, Minden, LA (Dist Svc Cross)
    • SSG Kenneth E. Lockhart, Kingsport, TN
    • SP5 Patrick L. Rice, Franklin, TX
    • PFC Ronnie E. Parker, Fullerton, CA
There may have been another American death from the attack ... on 29 July 1969 Staff Sergeant Harry E. Black of Willimantic, Connecticut, died of fragmentation wounds received earlier in the year. SSG Black had been assigned to Charlie 7/9 Arty when wounded - but the date he was wounded is not known. It is known that he was a patient at the Army's 249th General Hospital, Camp Drake, Japan, on 05 June 1969 and was evacuated to the United States on 21 June 1969. SSG Black had served in the Navy during World War II.

Captain Allen Culpepper was the Battery Commander, C Battery, 7/9th Arty; he received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism during the attack. Captain Allen Culpepper was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 1966. His posthumous awards for gallantry include the DSC, Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Caren Culpepper-Thomas

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 4 Oct 2001
Last updated 05/20/2006