Terry de la Mesa Allen, Sr.
|Born||April 1, 1888|
|place/birth||Fort Douglas, Salt Lake County, Utah|
|Died||September 12, 1969 (aged 81)|
|Place/death||El Paso, El Paso County, Texas|
|Buried at||Fort Bliss National Cemetery|
|Spouse|| Mary Frances Robinson |
(1928 - 1969; his death)
|Allegiance||40px United States of America|
|Branch||33px United States Army|
|Years/service|| 6.15.1907 - 5.16.1911|
United States Military Academy
3.3.1913 - 8.31.1946
United States Army
In-depth Career SummaryEdit
|Insignia||Name||Lapel||Rank||Location||Begin Date||End Date|
Mounted Service School
|Fort Riley, Kansas||1915||1916|
90th Infantry Division
|[[File:||358th Infantry Regiment||CO||European Theater|
|61st Cavalry Division||New York City, New York||1922|
The Cavalry School
|Fort Riley, Kansas||1923||1924|
Command and General Staff College
|Fort Leavenworth, Kansas||1925||1926|
|7th Cavalry Regiment|
The Infantry School
|Fort Benning, Georgia||23 Sept, 1931||1 Jun, 1932|
Army War College
The Cavalry School
|Fort Riley, Kansas||1935|
|9th Cavalry Regiment||CO||Fort Riley, Kansas||22 Jul, 1938||29 Jun, 1939|
|3rd Cavalry Brigade||CG||Fort Riley, Kansas||24 Nov, 1941||31 Mar, 1941|
|2nd Cavalry Division||CG||Louisiana||1 Apr, 1941||12 Jun, 1941|
|4th Infantry Division||CG||European Theater||Dec, 1941||Dec, 1941|
|1st Infantry Division||CG||European Theater||2 Aug, 1942||Jul, 1943|
|104th Infantry Division||CG||European Theater||2 Oct, 1943||31 Oct, 1945|
Dates of RankEdit
|Grade||Rank Insignia||Name||Branch||Date of Rank||Age||Accepted|
|O-1||2nd Lieutenant||Regular Army||[[File:|
|O-2||1st Lieutenant||Regular Army||[[File:|
|O-5||Lieutenant Colonel||Regular Army||[[File:|
|O-7||Brigadier General||Regular Army|
|O-8||Major General||Regular Army|
Awards and DecorationsEdit
World War I
World War II
- North African Campaign
- Italian Campaign
- Operation Husky (Invasion of Sicily)
- West European Campaign
- Terry M. Allen, "I wish the war hadn't stopped when it did. It's a damn shame-I was just beginning to get good ideas about commanding infantry battalions. I wish I could go back to the front and try them out."
- Terry M. Allen, "We cannot depend solely on diplomacy to enforce our demands for worldwide peace and security. If we have the strength and the guts to do so, we can insist on international sanctions to outlaw war."
- Terry Mesa Allen, about his retirement, "There are too damn many generals left over after the war."
- Harold Alexander, British General, said along the lines of Allen is "The finest division commander I have seen in two World Wars."
- Ernie Pyle, War Correspondent, would later write, "Major General Terry Allen was one of my favorite people. Partly because he didn't give a damn for hell or high water; partly because he was more colorful than most; and partly because he was the only general outside the Air Forces I could call by his first name. If there was one thing in the world Allen lived and breathed for, it was to fight. He had been all shot up in the last war, and he seemed not the least averse to getting shot up again. This was no intellectual war with him. He hated Germans and Italians like vermin."
- Unknown War Correspondent described Allen as "The General who never lost a battle in two wars and led two great divisions to victory."
- Richard C. White, Texas Congressman, "He was born to the Army life; he loved it, and his devotion included an unfaltering sense of duty and love of country."
- Allen had a stutter that he endured until a he received a bullet wound to the jaw.
- Allen had a habit of greeting his friends with a gentle slug to the jaw.
- He graduated 221st out of 241 at the Command and General Staff College.
- Wife: Mary Frances
- Son: Terry de la Mesa Allen, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, USA
- Daughter: Consuelo Maria Allen
- Daughter: Alice Genevieve Allen
- Daughter: Mary Frances Allen
- Father: Samuel E. Allen, Colonel, USA
- Mother: Consuelo Alvarez de la Mesa
- Sister: Mrs. J. C. McGovern
- Husband: James C. McGovern, Major, USA
- Sister: Mary de la M. Allen
- Maternal-Grandfather: Carlos Alvarez de la Mesa, Colonel, USA
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