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It has been said of Allen that: 
"Those who knew him are to this day moved by their recollections of the man"
"There was no one quite like the 104th's Chief Timberwolf...Terry Allen was a helluva leader, an outstanding soldier, and a great guy!" - Albert Schwartz, Capt. Former Aide de Camp to Major General Terry Allen 
“It was the mark of a great division in being, and of a great commander in the making.” –Time Magazine

“His acquaintances of that period…remember more about his escapades than about his combat achievements.”

A Brief History:           

 Terry Allen was born on April 1st, 1888 in Fort Douglas, Utah. The son of an army officer and an army officer’s daughter, Allen seemed destined to a military career. True to his heritage, Allen enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Unfortunately, after failing classes in Mathematics and Ordnance and Gunner, Allen was summarily dismissed from the school. He bounced back however, and enrolled at The Catholic University of America in D.C., where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. Allen, it seemed, was fated to a career in the military and would do anything to become an officer. By passing competitive Army officers exams Allen was able to join the army as a Second Lieutenant in 1912. From here on out, Allen’s military career seems to be composed of success after success. Just a short four years after 1912, in 1916 Allen was promoted to First Lieutenant, and again to Captain, just a year later. Soon after his promotions World War I broke out and Allen was sent to fight oversees. He returned successful with a silver star and a purple heart for his heroism. During the period of time between World War I and World War II Allen was promoted to Major, given control of the 1st Infantry Division, married Mary Frances Robinson, and had a son. Then, when World War II started, Allen headed out to North Africa with his Division. During his many operations and battles Allen repeatedly distinguished himself as a successful combat leader. Despite all that he had accomplished, Allen was relieved from command on August 7, 1943, right before cover story in Time Magazine was published. Allen was then reassigned to lead the 104thInfantry Division, nicknamed the Timberwolves. Allen and the Timberwolves fought out the rest of the war in Europe, dabbling in France and participating the famous Battle of the Bulge. Under his leadership the Timberwolves were recognizes to be one of the best, if not the best night fighters. After the war was over, Allen returned home to his family in El Paso, Texas, and retired on August 31st 1946. Twenty-three years later Terrible Terry De La Mesa Allen died and was buried in the National Cemetery at Fort Bliss with all military honors.


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Military Awards and Honors:

~Distinguished Service Medal

~French Croix de Guerre

~Silver Star

~Legion of Merit

~Purple Heart

~Mexican Border Service Medal

~World War I Victory Medal

~American Defense Service Medal

~Order of Suvorov Class II (Gold)-USSR

~American Campaign Medal

~World War II Victory Medal

~European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

~Army of Occupation Medal

~Honorable Order of the Bath (United Kingdom)

~St. Michiel Medal (France)