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is honored on Panel 56E, Line 16 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/6/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Allen Arthur Straus, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/8/10 - by Robert Sage
    Allen is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. PH
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 3/17/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
  • Thanks

    Posted on 4/22/04 - by Justin
    As part of the Gridley High School Posting Project I am leaving remembrances for our fallen heroes of the Vietnam War. To all who read this, may you always remember and appreciate those who gave their lives to preserve us. We owe you soldiers for standing strong against criticism from your own side, and fighting for a greater cause, because it’s what had to be done. You are not forgotten, and will always be held in high esteem.
  • Friend

    Posted on 11/18/02 - by Squad Leader
    Allen was a new guy in my squad. He came in at the same time as Barnes whom he had gone through training with in mortars. I took a special interest in him because we both were from Nebraska and that was unusual. He was a good guy and was always acting up but he had this thing about saying he wasn't going to make it home. He was right in front of me when he was killed. I shot the NVA that was standing over him and looking at him. I always thought this was the man who killed him and was glad that I could avenge his death. Allen I think of you often. Sgt Stone (Stoney)
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