Retired Sgt. 1st Class Floyd Wendell Allen, 84, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Richmond Hill.
He was born Jan. 13, 1930, in Fairview, Okla. to the late Jack and Ruth Allen. He was married to the late Bernell Webb on Oct. 3, 1954, and they traveled the world with the U.S. Army before retiring to Lebanon, Mo. He went on to complete a second career with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources working at Bennett Spring State Park in Missouri. After his wife passed away, Mr. Allen moved to Richmond Hill to be close to his daughter and grandchildren. He retired from the Army in January of 1973 after serving more than 21 years and eight months. His service included five overseas tours to France, Germany, Korea and Vietnam and included service in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. His bravery and dedication to serving his nation are exemplified by his several years of wartime service, culminating in serving as a helicopter crew chief and door gunner in the 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile) during the Vietnam War. His many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with an oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with "V" for valor device, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Combat Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Overseas Medal (five awards), Good Conduct Medal (four awards), the National Defense Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Senior Aircraft Crewman Badge. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family.
Left to celebrate his life and memory are his two daughters, Belinda Torrescano and husband Greg Torrescano of Richmond Hill and Polly Towey and husband Tom Towey of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; four grandchildren, Alan and Jennifer Torrescano of Savannah and Jonathan and Melissa Torrescano of Port Wentworth.
His remains will be interred with military honors at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Hinesville Cemetery alongside his wife, Bernell, and their son, Randy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the USO, which fulfills its mission of lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families.
Arrangements are by Carter Funeral Home Bryan Chapel of Richmond Hill, www.carterbryanchapel.com.
Published in BryanCountyNews from Feb. 10 to Feb. 17, 2014