Major General
Terry de la Mesa Allen, Sr.
Terry M. Allen1


Basic Information
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)
Nickname Terrible Terry
Nationality Caucasian-American
Military Info
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
Service # O-3461

In-depth Career SummaryEdit

Insignia Name Lapel Rank Location Begin Date End Date
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Student Officer,
Mounted Service School
Fort Riley, Kansas 1915 1916
[[File: Battalion,
90th Infantry Division
CO European Theater
[[File: 358th Infantry Regiment CO European Theater
61st Cavalry Division New York City, New York 1922
Student Officer,
The Cavalry School
(Advanced Course)
Fort Riley, Kansas 1923 1924
Student Officer,
Command and General Staff College
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 1925 1926
7th Cavalry Regiment
Student Officer,
The Infantry School
(Advanced Course)
Fort Benning, Georgia 23 Sept, 1931 1 Jun, 1932
Student Officer,
Army War College
Washington Barracks 1934 1935
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 2nd Cavalry Division CG Louisiana 1 Apr, 1941 12 Jun, 1941
4th Infantry Division 4th Infantry Division CG European Theater Dec, 1941 Dec, 1941
1st Infantry Division 1st Infantry Division CG European Theater 2 Aug, 1942 Jul, 1943
104th Infantry Division 104th Infantry Division CG European Theater 2 Oct, 1943 31 Oct, 1945

Dates of RankEdit

Regular Army

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Date of Rank Age Accepted
No Insignia Cadet
2nd Lieutenant (USA before 1917)
2nd Lieutenant Regular Army [[File:
1st Lieutenant (USA)
1st Lieutenant Regular Army [[File:
Captain (USA)
Captain Regular Army [[File:
Major (USA)
Major Regular Army [[File:
Lieutenant Colonel (USA)
Lieutenant Colonel Regular Army [[File:
Colonel (USA)
Colonel Regular Army [[File:
Brigadier General (USA)
Brigadier General Regular Army
Major General (USA)
Major General Regular Army
O-9 Lieutenant General
O-10 General

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Personal Decorations
Distinguished Service Cross Distinguished Service Cross
Army Distinguished Service Medal (1 Oakleaf) Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Silver Star
Legion of Merit Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Bronze Star
Purple Heart (1 Oakleaf) Purple Heart
Service/Campaign Medals
Mexican Border Service Medal Mexican Border Service Medal
World War I Victory Medal (3 Stars) World War I Victory Medal
Army of Occupation of Germany Army of Occupation of Germany Medal
American Defense Service Medal American Defense Service Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (3 Stars) E-A-ME Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal World War II Victory Medal
U.S. Badges, Patches and Tabs
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Foreign badges
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World War I

World War II


  • 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.


  • 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
  • Sister: Mary de la M. Allen
  • Maternal-Grandfather: Carlos Alvarez de la Mesa, Colonel, USA


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