Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Sgt. Lonnie C. Allen, Jr.

26, of Bellevue, Nebraska.
Allen died in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 18, 2006.

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"I flew with Sgt. Allen, Jr. after he returned home and on his way to Arlington on Memorial Day 2006. I still remember you that day. I was a former Air Force Sgt. and was stationed at Offutt AFB in Nebraska during 1963-1967. I FLEW WITH A HERO THAT DAY "YOU". IT'S BEEN ALMOST 14 YEARS BUT I STILL REMEMBER YOU SGT. Allen, Jr."
Richard J Paddock of Kenner Louisiana

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Stanislav Riley of Massachusetts

"Today is always one of the hardest, I know I'm not alone in this. I know you're looking down on us though big guy. It seems just like yesterday...

We will meet again brother, I look forward to that day."

"To the family of:Lonnie C. Allen,Jr.
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"I am an American soldier an our company did a post run and I was representing this fallen soldier. I cried honestly when I had gotten back into my room because the sacrifices that SGT Allen and so many have given just so that our country can remain as beautiful as it is. I am currently serving at Fort Lee Virginia I am a PFC. And I join to return the favor that soldiers like him that have made the biggest sacrifice of all. I serve you SGT Allen"
Alex Van Kneasel of Fort Lee Virginia

"Calvin, you are not forgotten. My love to your family."
Mary Ralya of Brenham, TX

"My friend and my brother, i still miss him. On day we where all wresteling around, he got jump by most because he was the Biggest. He came and found me and ask me to help him. He told everyone i was his big brother. I'm 5'6" so i was not the big brother everyone thought. lonnie was alot bigger than me. Its was a funny moment"
Israel P Armenta (sgt ) of St Marys Ks

"Allen, I never got the chance to thank you for helping ease my anxiety when first getting to Triple Deuce. You really put things into perspective for me and allowed me to focus on learning how to be an Infantryman. You are greatly missed."
Robert D'Agostino of Clarskville, TN

"Allen, I miss you bro. Miss fighting with you through the walls, until of course you came over then it wasnt fair. Especially when you brung Cournoyer and the rest of your overgrown ogre weapons squad."
Lago of CA

"i am so sorry about your about your love one i no he is in god in god hand now"
annie of raleigh

"I was honored to know Calvin when we attended college together in Sterling, Colo. He was one of the most fun-loving people I had ever known. I know what a hole has been left in my heart by his death and my heart goes out to his wife, parents and siblings."
Amanda Koubek-Keller of Fort Collins, CO

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Lonnie C. Allen, Jr.:
Lonnie gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Found your website by google. My father's name was Lonnie E. Allen.He was ex Navy and always supportive of our military men and women. God bless Sgt. Allen for his sacrifice in the fight for freedom and democracy. Certainly people like him are what make this world a better place. Peace be with Sgt. Allen's family."
Donzie E. Allen of Gainesville,Florida


"I knew Lonnie when he first came into the Army. I was one of his Team Leaders in Germany C-Co 1-18. He was one of my best friends and solders. There were so many things we got into over there and we all ways took care of each other. He was my Rottwilder and i was his Pittbull. One day the dog pound will run again.. Miss you"
LiL G. of Spokane WA

"For many years I have known and worked with Lonnie Allen Sr. He is a wonderful person. Before Lonnie Jr went to Iraq, my son and daughter were both in Iraq at the same time. Every day that I saw Lonnie Sr, he would stop and ask how my children were doing. He was so happy for me when they both came home.In the spring 2006 Lonnie Sr told me that Lonnie Jr was coming home, He was so happy. I was devastated when I was told about Lonnie Jr's death. He,and his family will remain in my thoughts and my heart forever"
Christopher Bowen of Minden, Iowa

"To the family of SGT Allen. I wish to express my sincere condolences. He will not be forgotten. May memories of happier times sustain you."
Andrea Clark of Lincoln, NE

"To the family of Sgt Lonnie Allen,
My son 1LT Rob Seidel was killed with Lonnie. I want you to know that Rob thought a lot of "Big Lonnie". He shared stories of the men in the platoon when he was home in Feb and those men were family to him. My heart goes out to you and I want you to know that my prayers are with you that God will bless you and help you through your pain.
Lonnie is a Hero to all of us."
Sandy Seidel of Gettysburg, PA/USA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Lonnie will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS.
May we never forget: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!"

"I was Honored to Honor this Hero in both a procession at his memorial service and in a Ride Out to escort him to the airport to be flown to his internment in His rightful place of Honor, Arlington National Cemetary.

Thank You to the family for allowing me, (us) to Honor Sgt. Allen. Thank You Sgt. Allen for your sacrifice.

Scott A. Vadon
Patriot Guard Riders Nebraska(Omaha)"
Scott A. Vadon of Omaha, Nebraska

"To the family of Sgt. Allen, your loved one was killed with ours May 18, 2006. My baby brother was LTC Daniel Holland. We are devastated by his death and want you to know that we are truly saddened by the loss of your Lonnie. They are both heroes. May they rest in peace. And God bless you and help you in your time of such sorrow and pain, Mary Ralya"
Mary Ralya of Brenham, TX

"Cali (Lonnie) was always an amazing friend, he was good humored and honest. He brought joy to everyone, and sometimes a little embarrassment when he called you out. Cali meant what he said and stood for what he believed in. He was a true soldier, husband, man, and friend. I love him for his example and his friendship"
Jennifer Cardinal of Washington

"Though I did not know him, Lonnie is still a hero to me. As a military mom of a son and son-in-law who have served in Iraq, I thank you for your service to your country to insure my family's freedom.
Becky Saddler of Agra, KS

"To the family and friends of Lonnie, our prayers go out to you in this time of loss. May you find comfort in the days to come.
Lonnie will not be forgotten by his brothers of the 22nd Infantry Regiment.
President, 22nd Infantry Regiment Society"
E. Q. Skip Fahel of Sarasota, FL

"Deeply sadden by the news! Our family and prays are with Lonnie and your family. Healing is a slow process. always be understanding toward one another. Lonnie knew you all loved him dearly. An he loved you with all his heart. Now you reflect on the many many fond and prcious memories you each shared together with lonnie. An you realize he will always be in your hearts and prays. Lonnie than you for serving our country. for being a military brother to our son. as he felt toward you and all that served along side of you both. You have not died in vain! You are an AMERICAN HER! Truthfully, much more to your community, friends, your military family (brothers and sisters) and your very loving family. Now is the time to reach out to your community and political leaders..................today! request a street be named in his honour. He not only served us as a COUNTRY. He served his community, county and state. An it is the very least his community can do to honour LONNIE! father of fallen soldier uS Army Sgt. Gregory L. Wahl KIA Bald,Iraq 05-03-04."
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of TEXAS

"Thank you Lonnie Allen, Jr., you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Lonnie Allen, Jr.:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Lonnie for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Lonnie Allen, Jr.:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Lonnie, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on