Tributes & Vigils Category: US Army
Name: Army Sgt. Howard Paul Allen
From: Mesa, Ariz.
Assigned to the 860th Military Police Company, Arizona Army National Guard, Phoenix
Incident: Army Sgt. Howard Paul Allen was killed Sept. 26 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Baghdad.
Soldier’s wife, unit mourn his death
Army Sgt. Howard P. Allen In Iraq, Howard P. Allen was in a situation that frustrated him
and at times depressed him.
Allen wrote Aug. 25: “You feel that bomb go off in your dreams, but it’s not your buddy this time but you.”
Allen, 31, of Mesa, Ariz., was killed Sept. 26 by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He was assigned to Phoenix.
“Sgt. Allen was a fine soldier, a wonderful husband, father, son, and friend to many. This is a tragic loss to our Arizona National Guard family,” said Maj. Gen. David P. Rataczak, adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard.
He graduated from high school in 1993 and was a member of both a school program for marketing studies and an anti-drunken driving organization.
He is survived by his wife, Patience, 3-year-old son and stepchildren ages 12 and 10.
“He’ll never see his son grow up. He’ll never be…