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Hello Warbonnet Soldiers,
BJ Hagy here from NH now, but formerly from KY. There is an individual originally from Arkansas who now lives in my hometown of Columbia, KY that claims to be a Vietnam war veteran who was in the "Special Forces" and allegedly won the Silver Star Medal along with other misc. awards and decorations. His alleged service record shows him being an RTO and a Mechanic and assigned to A Btry, 6/14th Arty. His alleged dates in Vietnam are approximately Dec 1968 to Dec 1969. The name he is using or known as is:
Harold "Cherokee" Calvin Allinson
Does anyone here know of this individual and if his story is true?
He is showing up on the "Phony" list alleging that he "...has a wall of medals and says he turned down the Congressional medal of Honor "because they wouldn't also give them to the two Montaignards who had fought beside me."
His whole story doesn't seem to ring true to me. What say you? Thank you for your time and your service.
BJ Hagy, US Army (Retired)
This story sounds Phony to me! Someone needs to see his DD-214 to see just what it says. I dought very seriously that he turned down the Congressional Medal of Honor. The "Special Forces" thing doesn't sound right either. Maybe he was Rambo in the Motor Pool. There are two watch dog groups that check out stories with a smell. I know one is in Texas and from what I have read they do a Great job of weeding out these kinds of people.
If my comments are wrong I will be the first one to appolagize for my comments.
Charlie Battery 1/14th
I served with "A" Btry 6-14th Arty from Nov.1968 thru Jun.1970 while in Vietnam. I don't remember anyone by the name of Harold "Cherokee" Calvin Allinson. "A" Battery was attached to Special Forces Camp (A-251) and was called Fire Base Plei-Djereng. I was assigned to an 8" Gun section for about 9 months and the rest of my tour I was the supply Sgt. for our Battery. I think I would know who was assigned to our unit. While on Artillery Hill in Pleiku, I do remember hearing the name of a guy with the last name of Allinson. I think this guy was with Service Battery. The only person in the 6th Battalion to even come close to recieving the Congressional Medal of Honor while in Vietnam was a person who's name was 1LT George Thomas Kelly III who was KIA on 23-April-1970 near (SF Camp Dak-Seang). If you need more infomation you can E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"A" Battery 6-14th
SOUNDS FISHIE TO ME TOO. I WAS WORKING WITH SF,S MIKE STRIKE AS FO FROM ABOUT AUG.69 TELL WE DEACTIVE. DON,T RECALL ANY CMH,S BEING TALKED ABOUT. THEIR WAS A WO2 THAT WAS FROM "RADAR" I BELIVED HE GOT THE DSC. FOR ACTIONS IN A AMBUSH A FEW K,S FROM BEN HET. I THINK HE DIED IN 71ST MED. A FEW DAYS LATER.
Here is the DOD Public Record for Harold C Allinson
Name : HAROLD C ALLINSON
Service : ARMY
Pay Grade : E-5
Military Specialty : 0013E4O
Home of Record : Unknown
So it would appear he was an artillery sergeant as his MOS shows him as a cannon fire direction specialist but beyond that...
Interesting link with documents:
NARA Form 13164 (with Branch of Service and Serial/Service Numbers)
Record of Assignments
BTW... here is a picture of him...
It appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader on July 4th last year.
Here's the article:
I've read the article and seen his picture.
In the past, I have brought into my household three vets needing shelter and care. Two went on to being well on their own. One just could not get out of the bottle. I helped them all that I could. All three had valid allusions to what they did in the service of our country. All were dirt poor when I took them in.
I hope that someone nearby can help this man. He maybe right in what he claims or could be dreaming what it should be. I can't be the judge and jury nor should anyone else till you walk the mile with him. I've done it, it's not fun.
I've helped many to correct their military records. It's not an easy job to do. A kind thank you is all I expected.
So, I'm not a real Red Leg. Just an AV CWO that has done a lot of different things in the service of my country and those who have served. Has anyone stepped forward to assist this man? Until someone can come forward and say Yes I have and this is what I have done, I think this belittlement of an individual is a bit harsh.
True, Records are Records. Rarely do they speak the facts of history. I have gone into the Army Archives over 300 times to assist others. What a Zoo! Morning Reports don't match official records, flight missions and hospital records and so on.
First impression by his photo, this guy needs some steps, a helping hand. Can anyone help?
He is my dad and i can back up any cliams im guess the guy whp posted this is a wanna be. He was 5th mobile strike group 69 and 70. He nickname in war qasnt Cherokee that was after it was sargent harold hardcore allinson. 2 silver atars 3 bronz
Thats a link to his silver star