Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen

34, of Milford, Pennsylvania.
Allen died of injuries sustained on June 7, 2005 in Tikrit, Iraq, when an explosion of unknown origin occurred near his location. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Infantry Division, Troy, New York. Died on June 8, 2005.

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I never had the honor of meeting you but I did meet Barbara and your boys at Snowball Express. I can tell you were a special kind of person and a great American just based on how your boys acted. They will grow into wonderful, loving and compasionate young men. RIP LT!

A Litany of Remembrance
Roland B. Gittelsohn
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, We remember them.
In the opening buds and in the rebirth of spring, We remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, We remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, We remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength, We remember them.
When we are lost and are sick of heart, We remember them.
When we have Joys we yearn to share, We remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, For they are now a part of us, As we remember them."
CWO (Ret) Larry Shatto of Belton, TX

"Lt Allen,
You are remembered by your Dad's colleagues. Rest in peace with your fellow heroes. God bless"
Dan Sullivan of Islip, NY

"My family and I wish to bestow are heartfelt condolences to the Allen family. Our father, Sgt Don Quinn of World War II, is buried next to 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen at the Goshen NY Military cemetery. My father was a great man. He was full of laughter and as anyone will tell you in Love with my Mother to no end. He was the father to 10 children and will be missed. My Dad loved to talk and was always interested in what you had to say, he was a good listener. 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen is in good hands because he is next to someone I cared for and admired all my life and proud to call My Dad. As My Father would say "God Bless You"."
Bernard Quinn of Central Valley, NY

"I just had the honor and pleasure of meeting Lt. Allen's family. For the last three days I was a mentor for Lt. Allen's oldest son Trevor during the TAPS program. Lt. Allen would be very proud Trevor and all of his boys. I think I learned and got more from him then I taught him. He is a very strong young man, that loved his father very much. I wish the Allen family all the blessings they deserve and Thank you Lt. Allen for serving Our Country with Honor. TSgt Andre Moore, USAF Honor Guard"
TSgt Andre Moore of Washington, D.C.

"Heros have a special place near God."
Maggie Zerquera of Ft.Lauderdale,Florida

"I'll always remember you sir, It was an honor to serve with you I'll meet you on the green LT"
Sgt Rogler of NY

"It is never easy to lose a loved one, I have served in Iraq during this war. to 1st LT Allen, your a brother and comrade in arms you will be missed dearly, It was an Honor and Privillage to serve with you sir. to LT. Allen's family Im deeply sorry for your loss, I know nothing I say can even begin to comfort you. But so you know be proud of LT Allen, he served his country and was Honor bound he will be missed by many. I am very sorry for your loss you are all in my prayers, God Bless.

Sgt Rogler
US Army"
Sgt Rogler of US

""Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers is an organization of over 235 knitting groups throughout the country. since october of 2007, over 2,900 prayer shawls have been sent to families of fallen soldiers. If you or a family member would like a hand knit shawl, please contact me at barbconway@comcast.net or 774 487-8618.
Sincerely, Barbara"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"I represent Prayer shawls 4 Fallen Sholdiers, and since October 2007 has sent over 2,7000 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. This organization of over 236 groups are knitters from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families. Would a friend of the family kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a prayer shawl to the family of Louis Edwin. My email is barbconway@comcast.net"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"I represent Prayer shawls 4 Fallen Sholdiers, and since October 2007 has sent over 2,7000 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. This organization of over 236 groups are knitters from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families. Would a friend of the family kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a prayer shawl to the family of Louis Edwin. My email is barbconway@comcast.net"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"Although I never met him, I appreciate his service and wished I could have met my cousin. My grandfather was Sadie Allen's brother. I was very disappointed in the verdict yesterday"
carrie renfro of costa mesa, ca

"I will never forget the days we served together you are a great Officer in the United States Army it was an honor to serve with you. You will always be remembered."
SGT Pacini of MA

"Ill meet you on the green sir! Your a good man and a better father than most! Ill always keep you in my prayers. Thank you for everything Sir!"
Ssgt James Coscette of Middletown, New York


"Most call you Lt Louis Allen as is very respectable but, I knew the happy man behind the uniform as Nikki's Uncle Lou. She loves you so much as do I. I still remember all the bbqs and family parties I attended at your parents house. Never without a joke and a smile. Barb your husband will never be forgotten and he was loved so dearly. To his sons, your father loved you so very much and you have so much of him in you four you can do nothing but make him proud. To Vivian and Bob, your son was a truely amazing person and he will forever have made an impact on so many lives. You both are truely amazing people and if you ever need anything I'm only next door. I love you both very much and your family will forever have a place in my heart. I will never forget parties at your house and your amazing family and how big a part of that was him but his spirit lives on and he will never be forgotten. To the rest of the Allen Family, your brother, uncle and cousin was an amazing man and he will never be forgotten. His spirit is with us everyday. If any of you ever need anything don't be strangers.
R.I.P. Louis E. Allen June 8,2005 <3"
Lizzie Farbman of Chester, NY

"I am so sorry for your loss. I worked in the Combat Support Hospital he came to in Tikrit."
SGT Scott, Sandra of Washington, DC


"March 18, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen:
Louis 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

"To the family of:Louis E. Allen I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"I will never foget sir, for I was one of the medic's that treated you at FOB Danger. May the lord be with you"
SGT Christopher Hart of Camp Bucca, Iraq (san antonio, tx)

"thanks for everything"
Cpl hansen/E-4/usmc of franklin nj

Thankyou for our Freedom. You will be eternerly remebered."
Louis Allen of New York

I'll meet you at fiddler's green, save this beer for me"
Andrew C Burch Jr of Beacon NY

"Lou, I still think about you everyday, even two years later. Not sure I will ever get over what happened. Just know that I think of Barb and your kids everyday, and even though they don't know me, I will always be here for them.
Barb, if you ever need anything, please don't hesitate to contact me. ryan.presnell@us.army.mil"
1LT Ryan Presnell, 278th ACR of Elizabethton, TN

"Thanks for the good times."
Ed Petrie of Hurley, NY


Never met you, but I have to say that you are among my heroes. I can remember shouting your name to pushups while pledging TKE at Binghamton. God bless yourself and your family."
m.gargano of staten island, ny

"Dear Lou,
Even more than a year since your passing and you continue to be in my thoughts. Working towards our masters degree at New Paltz you were always helping others. I want you to know that your class notes continued to help me even after your untimely passing. I know why your students were fond of you and how wonderful your wife and children must be having had you in their lives. Their sacrifices are recognized and your too brief presence on this Earth changed the world in amazing ways and will continue to do so. Thanks, Lou, and thanks to your family who made such a sacrifice."
Colette Plassmann-Camaj of Poughkeepsie, NY/Dutchess Co.

"Mr. Allen,
Your memory and heroism lives on in myself, and every person who's life you've touched. Nobody could ever make rocks fun like you did, and I thank you for all the laughs and support you gave me through high school. I love you, and will never forget you and your wonderful spirit."
Meghan Kolesar of Greenwood Lake, New York

"Mr. Allen,
Your memory and heroism lives on in myself, and every person who's life you've touched. Nobody could ever make rocks fun like you did, and I thank you for all the laughs and support you gave me through high school. I love you, and will never forget you and your wonderful spirit."
Meghan Koleasr of Greenwood Lake, New York

"Mr. Allen you were always my favorite teacher and it is because of you i am going back to school to become a math and science teacher. thanks for all the fun."
Dustan of Newburgh, NY

"Louis I remember playing at your parents house when I was younger. I miss seeing the smile you always had whenwe played at greatgrandma's house. Louis you will be in our hearts and minds. When I salute the flag I will always think of you.God Bless You and Your family.Love The Alexander Family"
Vickie Alexander of Johnson City. Tennessee

"We the members of Lou's fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Rho-Mu Chapter were devastated upon hearing of the news of Lou's tragedy last summer. Although the new brothers never knew Lou, countless alumni did and made extremely generous donations to the fund because they knew the type of person Lou was. His legacy of honor, courage, and benevolence are ideals that will never be forgotten by any member of this fraternity, past or present. His name will forever be synonymous with greatness and never be forgotten, as he is emblematic of a true American hero, one who gave his life defending his ideals. God bless you Lou, you have a multitude of friends and family to remember you. We just wanted to make sure that we were on that list as well."
Tau Kappa Epsilon of Binghamton, NY, USA

"God bless, Lou. Let us hope things are learned from such a tragedy. We love you."
Evan Allen of Aberdeen, Scotland

"i have just gone to see the garves of fall army people. Because it is memorial day. Carly you have told so much to me about your uncel. He sounds so nice. i feel bad for the little kids in your famly and the aludts. sorry."
erin mccarthy of goshen new york

"Louis, I've never felt the true meaning of Memorial Day before. Almost a full year after you've left us all, we still miss you. We honor you always. Our hugs to Barb and the boys, Uncle Bobby and Aunt Vivian."
Cousin Anne Marie, Doug, Noah, Mary and angel Rosie of Monroe, NJ USA

"One of the best teachers and soccer coaches I ever had, may his memory continue to inspire. A great man in so many ways, he will never be forgotten."
Will of PA

"Mr. Allen--you laid the foundation for my love of earth sciences. I dedicate my career to you and hope that I can inspire others the way that you inspired me."
Your Former Student of Goshen, NY

"I served with LT Allen in Ft. Drum while we prepared to go to Iraq. We were both stationed at FOB Danger in Tikrit. Unfortunately, I saw him only once while we were there. I wish we could have become closer. He was a great man who loved his four boys and wife. He was full of energy, like a little kid. He was one of the best officers I've ever had the pleasure of serving with. There was a group of us from around the country and he took care of all of us like we were his own troops. He was a good person, friend, an amazing officer and I'm sure he was a great husband and father. I'll never forget him for as long as I live. Thank you LT, for everything. I wish we could have gotten to know each other better."
CPL Bill Eastwick of Quincy, MA. U.S.A.

"Never Forget"
Paul Allen of Somerset, NJ

You are not forgotten. Rest in peace with your fellow heroes."
Dan Sullivan of Islip, NY

"The Allens, the Clarks and all of Lou's family are in my prayers. I may be gone to teach elsewhere but Burke and the people I have met will never leave me. God Bless."
Laura of Oradell, NJ

"I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband and father was a brave man who honored our country in a way that should, and will, not ever be forgotten. We wish you peace and comfort in the joyful memories you hold in your hearts."
The Nicholson Family of Florida, NY

"Thank you so very much for sacrificing everything to make the world a better place for my son to grow up. God bless you in heaven and may God bless & comfort your family."

"Aug 20, 2005
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest well brave soldier.

George L. Skypeck , RegTM
All Rights Reserved
(No reproduction without prior permission
By Mr. Skypeck)

I was that which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go,
And did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing,
And reluctantly accepted the thought of
Eternal loneliness…should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror;
Felt the stinging cold of fear;
And enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love.
I have cried, pained, and hoped…but most of all,
I have lived times others would say were
Best forgotten
At least someday I will be able to say that
I was proud of
What I was…
D. Burt of Rhode Island

"Thank you to everyone who has sent a message. A special thanks to the soldiers. I'm glad Lou had you in his life."
Barb Allen of barballen7@hotmail.com

"Mrs. Louis Allen: I was given the opportunity to serve with Lou at Fort Knox during AOBC. I can't tell you the pain that hit my heart they day I found out what happened. Lou was the kind of guy you always wanted to be around; he made me a better officer and a better man. He was always so proud of his kids and especially his wife. I will absolutely never forget him or you and everything I do here in Iraq will be in honor of my fine brother-in-arms."
2LT Ryan Presnell of 2/278 RCT, Tuz, Iraq

"To the Allen Family, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to you. Your Louis is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless all of you."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"LT, you where the Best of the Best. Please give a good word to St. Peter when I get to the Pearly Gates. I know it probabaly will not do any good. But, at least I know you are up there without a doubt. I'll ship the episodes of SouthPark from down below. My deepest regaurds to everyone that knew Louis and the truely outstanding person he was."
SSG Petrie of Kingston, NY

"My condolences go out to Army 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen's family and friends for your loss. I am so sorry that this tradegy has happened, and truly grateful to Army 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen for his dedication to protecting our freedom and way of life. May you rest in peace and god bless your family."
Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt of 97th District

"For Barb's true love...he will not be forgotten

Thought I saw you today,
you were standing in the sun
and you turned away,
and I knew it couldn't be but my heart believed.
Oh it seems like there's something every day.
How could you be so far away,
when you're still here.

When I need you you're not hard to find.
You're still here.
I can see you in my baby's eyes, and I laugh and cry.
You're still here.

I had a dream last night. That you came to me on silver wings
and I... flew away with you on a painted sky
and I woke up wondering what was real.
Is it what you see and touch or what you feel?

Cause you're still here.
Oh you're everywhere we've ever been.
Oh you're still here.
I heard you in a stranger's laugh,
and I hung around to hear him laugh again.
Just once again.

Oh thought I saw you today,
you were standing in the sun
and you turned away.


(faith hill)

Barb, He IS everywhere you've ever been...and in all your babies' eyes..."
Judy Hankins Feragola of Warwick, NY

"Lou- You made my sister the happiest person in the world. You made work a fun place to go. You made your children proud. You made your students excited about school. May you rest peacefully knowing you will always be remembered and missed."
Beth of Middletown, NY

"Mr. Allen was one of those teachers who truly inspired his students to be better than they thought they could. He cared so deeply for so many and to have known him is something I will remember and cherish all my life. He was an amazing person and he will be greatly missed."
Brittany of Middletown

"I knew Lou when I worked at Burke Catholic. He always looked like he wanted to create some mischief. I remember when he changed into his camo before leaving school for weekend duty. The kids would ask, "where are you going Mr. Allen"? He'd laugh and say, "hey, I'm driving a tank this weekend"! As the daughter of a retired reservist, I would kid Lou about men doing anything to get away from the wife & kids for the weekend. He'd grin, shrug his shoulders, and leave you guessing. I know now that Lou was a serious soldier who loved what he was doing. Rest peacefully, shine light on your family and friends and all the students you touched. Peace to Barbara and the boys. Your neighbor"
Denise of Chester, NY

Daniele Crandall of Greenwood Lake, NY

"To the Family and Friends of Louis Allen, In the days to come may you find peace and comfort in the memories you have of Louis and know that he will always live on in your hearts. We offer you our deepest sympathy."
The Obuchowski Family of Southbridge, MA.

"God bless you Lt. Allen! Words seem so inadequate at a time like this, for there are no words to express such profound sadness. Rest in peace, and may our heavenly father give your family and loved ones the strength you had to continue on without you.
From a parent of two Tuxedo H.S. students."
C. Riley of GWL, NY

"In loving memory of 1LT Louis Allen. The roommate and fellow brother in arms that I will never get to know. My wife Evelyn, myself and the rest of the Badillo family sends the Allen family our deepest condolences and regards. Further, on behalf of the soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Infantry Division, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all and keep you and your family safe and protected. "Rainbow Sir, NEVER FORGET!""
1LT Luis J. Badillo, Executive Officer, HHC 42ID of FOB Danger, Tikrit, Iraq

"Parting leaves a void that makes us feel devoid. My Father's namesake, The Good Lord called you home on the day of Dad's birth, to lead the way for the rest of us upon our departure. Focusing on the good times helps heal the souls of those you left behind.
Louis, you live in each of us and will be kept alive in thought, word and deed. In times like these, we need to fight to be strong, together and individually. Cry, share the painful emotions from his traumatic and unexpected death. Stay close and rally around each other for as long as it takes. Sleep, for it heals and gives strength to do it all again. Celebrate and eat together to give you strength. And don't forget to deep breathe and release the pain. Louis we will always remember your bravery and loving kindness. Thanks for being our Hero! Sari, Danny and Amanda Bailey, Bristol, TN"
Sari Allen Bailey of Bristol, Tennessee

"I love you Lou and will truly miss Lou. You're a hero to all of us."
Janet Decker of Ringwood, NJ

"Your leaving was so unfair. Your time here was too short. You were a great brother-in-law, friend and uncle to my children. They will never forget Uncle Lou and neither will anyone else. We will make sure your children know what a hero you were and what a great dad you were. you will be loved and missed forever."
Mary of Chester, NY

"No words can express my feelings at your loss. Lou was one of the best friends I have ever had."
Allan J Reith Jr of Youngsville, NY

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family. My husband is currently stationed at the same base in Tikrit as Louis.

We are so sorry for your loss."
SFC Thomas and Joanne McNaney of Rome, NY

"You will be missed. Our love for your is never ending."
Kathi Krause of Fair Lawn, NJ

"I love you Lou. You are my cousin and my hero. Rest in Peace."
Terese Allen of East Brunswick, NJ

"Mr. Allen was a very brave and thoughtful man and hero. He lit up the faces of his students and anyone that was lucky enough to be in his presence. He left a lasting impression on my mind as well as other students' that he taught. He will definitely be missed through-out the Tuxedo school district. His family will be in my prayers."
Lisa Nichol Wesch of Plattsburgh,NY/USA

"I did not know Louis, but was fortunate enough to have worked with his dad in the NYPD. Bob was a terrific person,and his son has shown to be a remarkable man as well. Our family extends our sympathy and prayers to the extended Allen Family. God bless Louis, and his family"
Dan Sullivan of Islip, NY

"Mr. Allen will be remembered by all Burke Catholic students as the teacher they respected most and turned to for advice. The world has lost a true hero. My prayers are with his family."
Darci of Monticello

"Mr Allen was a wonderful part of our lives for the past four years, and he will be greatly missed. He will remain always in out hearts and minds, and will be remembered for his courage and kindness, and as our hero."
Samantha and Kristen McMahon of Greenwood Lake, NY

"“At earth’s good-bye, we rise to Heaven, unhindered and transformed”.
Sharing grandparents, and a love for the miracles of the earth around us, makes this parting more difficult. May God comfort the many that grieve you now and help us to understand why you were called Home. May He bless you, and grant you the peace you richly deserve. With love,"
John and Family of Aberdeen, Scotland

"With sincere gratitude and deepest sympathy. Your family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless."
The Flood Family of Westerly, RI

"Heavenly Father needed Louis by His side so we must humbly accept this."
Family Member of Louis

"It can be so difficult accepting a loss such as this. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all."
Douglas, Brandon & Janet Decker of Ringwood, NJ

"We love you Lou. Uncle Richie"
Richard Allen of East Brunswick, N.J.

"All my love and prayers go out to the Allen Family."
Deirdre of Chester, NY

"he was my science teacher and soccer coach at Burke HS. He was an excellent man, funny, an all around great guy, the world lost a great man. May he rest in peace."
Will of NJ

"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write: Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation 14:13

May His Promises bring you peace."
KN of Pennsylvania

"I will always remember the beautiful little boy you were and the great adult you became. You will be missed by many"
Aunt Kathy of Stony Point, NY

"Please know that the sacrifice made by your loved one will never be forgotten. He died so that all of us and our children may continue to live in a land of freedom.Your family will remain in our prayers for strength and comfort."
The Schmidt Family of Richmond Hill, New York

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Louis will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To The Allen Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Soldier.."
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN 6/10/05

"Thank you Louis Allen, 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 1st Lt. Louis Allen:
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 Louis 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 1st Lt. Louis Allen:
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 Louis, 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