Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Edward Bruce Allen. Edward served during the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1971.
Edward was drafted into the Army in 1970 and completed basic training out of Fort Knox, Kentucky. Edward went on to complete Reconnaissance Scout Training out of Fort Knox before being deployed to Vietnam out of Oakland, California.
Edward provided ground and air defense while serving in the Vietnam War for the following units: A Battery, Fourth Battalion, 60th Artillery Regiment, Seventh Battalion and the 15th Artillery Regiment. He served as an E-4 from April 1970 until he returned to his hometown of Evansville, Indiana in November 1971.
Reflecting on the Vietnam War in an interview with the , Edward described his difficulties during and after the wars, but expressed his appreciation for the Vet Center in his hometown. “In general, I think the Vet Center is one of the best things that’s ever happened to Vietnam Veterans,” he said.
Edward currently lives in Cynthiana, Indiana.
Thank you for your service, Edward!
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This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
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