Allen Ross Culpepper

Captain
C BTRY, 7TH BN, 9TH ARTY RGT, 54TH ARTY GRP, 2 FIELD FORCE
Army of the United States
21 July 1944 - 18 May 1969
Minden, Louisiana
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2 FIELD FORCE 9TH ARTY RGT
Distinguished Service Cross

Artillery

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Allen R Culpepper

The database page for Allen Ross Culpepper

 

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Fire Support Base HUSKY was located just outside Xuan Loc in Long Khanh Province. On the night of 17/18 May 1969 FSB HUSKY was hit by a combined mortar, rocket, and sapper attack. Parts of the FSB were overrun and a number of the heavy guns were destroyed or put out of action - for example, four of C Btry 2/9 Arty's six 105mm howitzers were unusable, hindering the defense. Although the FSB held out against the attack, thirteen soldiers and one sailor were killed and a number of others wounded. The American dead were
SeaBee Team 1013, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 10
CE2 Philip L. Grieser, St Paris, OH

B Btry, 2nd Bn, 35th Artillery:
CPL Gary D. McCray, Claremont, NC

HHB, 2nd Bn, 35th Artillery:
CPT Norman P. Singer, Oklahoma City, OK
SP5 Larry J. Budde, Preston, IA
SP5 Robert L. Freeman, Ypsilanti, MI
SP5 John J. Laskowski, Willimansett, MA
SGT Dana M. Sykes, Winston-Salem, NC
CPL Larry L. Holmes, Port Wentworth, GA
PFC Henry F. Evans, Columbia, SC

D Btry, 71st Arty Rgt, 2 Field Force, USARV
SP4 Garry L. Uplinger, Cambridge, OH

C Btry, 7th Bn, 9th Artillery:
CPT Allen R. Culpepper, Minden, LA (Dist Svc Cross)
SSG Kenneth E. Lockhart, Kingsport, TN
SP5 Patrick L. Rice, Franklin, TX
PFC Ronnie E. Parker, Fullerton, CA There may have been another American death from the attack ... on 29 July 1969 Staff Sergeant Harry E. Black of Willimantic, Connecticut, died of fragmentation wounds received earlier in the year. SSG Black had been assigned to Charlie 7/9 Arty when wounded - but the date he was wounded is not known. It is known that he was a patient at the Army's 249th General Hospital, Camp Drake, Japan, on 05 June 1969 and was evacuated to the United States on 21 June 1969. SSG Black had served in the Navy during World War II.


Captain Allen Culpepper was the Battery Commander, C Battery, 7/9th Arty; he received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism during the attack. Captain Allen Culpepper was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 1966. His posthumous awards for gallantry include the DSC, Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

Submitted by Dr. T. D. Carey

04 Oct 2001

My dear brother

I know God and Jesus welcomed you home.
I Love You and I Miss You
Your sister, Caren

This short writing is the beginning of my memorial.
I was only 11 years old when I learned of your death.
After 9 months of tour duty the Lord called you home.

I know the children you saw in Vietnam made an impression on your heart.
You had a baby daughter at the time of your tour.
Your former wife and your daughter (who is now married) have adopted orphaned children from around the world.
I know your caring, loving, heart lives on through the loved ones you impressed with your letters written while you were in Vietnam.

From his sister,
Caren Culpepper-Thomas
ccthomas@austin.rr.com
 

28 May 2005

Allen was a fine young man who lived four houses away from mine in Minden, Louisiana. He was always a good student and a gentleman. He is sadly missed by all who knew him.

From a friend,
T. D. Carey, M.D.
Ruston, LA
lsu2005@hotmail.com
 

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Fire Support Base HUSKY was located just outside Xuan Loc in Long Khanh Province. On the night of 17/18 May 1969 FSB HUSKY was hit by a combined mortar, rocket, and sapper attack. Parts of the FSB were overrun and a number of the heavy guns were destroyed or put out of action - for example, four of C Btry 2/9 Arty's six 105mm howitzers were unusable, hindering the defense. Although the FSB held out against the attack, thirteen soldiers and one sailor were killed and a number of others wounded. The American dead were

  • SeaBee Team 1013, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 10
    • CE2 Philip L. Grieser, St Paris, OH


     

  • B Btry, 2nd Bn, 35th Artillery:
    • CPL Gary D. McCray, Claremont, NC


     

  • HHB, 2nd Bn, 35th Artillery:
    • CPT Norman P. Singer, Oklahoma City, OK
    • SP5 Larry J. Budde, Preston, IA
    • SP5 Robert L. Freeman, Ypsilanti, MI
    • SP5 John J. Laskowski, Willimansett, MA
    • SGT Dana M. Sykes, Winston-Salem, NC
    • CPL Larry L. Holmes, Port Wentworth, GA
    • PFC Henry F. Evans, Columbia, SC


     

  • D Btry, 71st Arty Rgt, 2 Field Force, USARV
    • SP4 Garry L. Uplinger, Cambridge, OH


     

  • C Btry, 7th Bn, 9th Artillery:
    • CPT Allen R. Culpepper, Minden, LA (Dist Svc Cross)
    • SSG Kenneth E. Lockhart, Kingsport, TN
    • SP5 Patrick L. Rice, Franklin, TX
    • PFC Ronnie E. Parker, Fullerton, CA

There may have been another American death from the attack ... on 29 July 1969 Staff Sergeant Harry E. Black of Willimantic, Connecticut, died of fragmentation wounds received earlier in the year. SSG Black had been assigned to Charlie 7/9 Arty when wounded - but the date he was wounded is not known. It is known that he was a patient at the Army's 249th General Hospital, Camp Drake, Japan, on 05 June 1969 and was evacuated to the United States on 21 June 1969. SSG Black had served in the Navy during World War II.

 



Captain Allen Culpepper was the Battery Commander, C Battery, 7/9th Arty; he received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism during the attack. Captain Allen Culpepper was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 1966. His posthumous awards for gallantry include the DSC, Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.



 

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Caren Culpepper-Thomas
ccthomas@austin.rr.com

 



 

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 4 Oct 2001
Last updated 05/20/2006

 

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Allen Ross Culpepper
Captain

PERSONAL DATA
  Home of Record: Minden, Louisiana
  Date of birth:  Friday, 07/21/1944

MILITARY DATA
  Service:        Army  (Regular)
  Grade at loss:  O3
  Rank:           Captain
  ID No:          OF107619 
  MOS:            1193 Field Artillery Unit Commander
  LenSvc:         Between 2 and 3 years
  Unit:           C BTRY, 7TH BN, 9TH ARTY RGT, 54TH ARTY GRP, 2 FIELD FORCE

CASUALTY DATA
  Start Tour:     Tuesday, 09/24/1968
  Cas Date:       Sunday, 05/18/1969
  Age at Loss:    24
  Remains:        Body recovered
  Location:       Long Khanh, South Vietnam
  Type:           Hostile, died outright
  Reason:         Artillery, rocket, or mortar - Ground casualty

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Captain
C BTRY, 7TH BN, 9TH ARTY RGT, 54TH ARTY GRP, 2 FIELD FORCE
Army of the United States
21 July 1944 - 18 May 1969
Minden, Louisiana

 

 

I received this email today from Jack L. King, Pennsylvania. He and I correspond with each other from time to time. Several years ago he wrote to me and told me he was at Hamburger Hill with our friend and classmate, Allen Culpepper.   He spoke highly of Allen and said he was with Allen during much of the terrible fighting that occurred that night and early morning. Of all of the men killed that day, Allen was the only one to receive the DSC, Distinguished Service Cross.   Allen finished West Point in 1966. We were all privileged to be a fellow student of his at MHS and we remember him fondly.  PFC King has never forgotten the sacrifice of Cpt. Allen Culpepper.      Thanks, Tom Carey Ruston, LA 318-513-9400

 

I have sent 3 previous emails about Allen, but this one was the first that I received back in 2005 from PFC King.  It is about as personal as a statement could be and all MHS grads should be proud that they knew Allen Culpepper, MHS 1962.   I would have included it with previous emails to make them more clear, but I had difficulty finding the email among many others.   Tom Carey MHS 1965 318-513-9400
    Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 3:07 PM Subject: Via The Virtual Wall memorial for Allen Culpepper

I just read your tribute to Cpt. Culpepper on the Virtual Wall site; and thought I would let you know that I was one of the men who volunteered to follow him into battle on 5/18/69. He was a very brave man that night  that he  gave the ultimate sacrifice  for his fellow m e n. He will forever be a Hero in my heart. I was by his side to the end. JL King  Silver Star reciepient. B Btry. 2/35 Arty.
 

This is a narrative from PFC King about FSB Husky, the area around which Captain Culpepper died while bravely leading his men. FSB Husky was just outside of Xuan Loc.

The base camp at Xuan Loc had apprx, 500 men at any one time. On 18 May  the birthday of Ho chi Min  intell. reports told us of a suspected mass attack on that compound and a promise to fly the North Vietnamese flag in Husky compound for his birthday honors, Well .he never did.;but he was so close to  su ceeding; that his men were found  within 100 yards of Husky center compound flag pole.Due too the severity of the attack and so few men for the size of the attack 17 men were lost from Husky  but many ARVNs were lost helping to defend from there camp adjacent to us that night .I myself saw hundreds of enemy dead outside the compound and on the wall where they breached the perimeter there  was hand to hand combat in some areas taking place.A few years ago I was able to read a article that made the front page of the New York times news paper reporting the battle of Xuan Loc and est. a force of 2000 enemy. article was dated May 19 1969.

 

        

Military Hall of Fame honors Minden man

Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum inducted 15 service cross recipients at a ceremony in Abbeville recently, including one from Minden. The various branch's service cross awards are second only to the Medal of Honor.

Army Captain Allen Ross Culpepper was awarded the Purple

                          Received a call today from Minden Newspaper. Writer said Allen Culpepper was inducted in LA Military Hall of Fame last week, in Abbeville.  All inductees had been awarded the DSC, 2nd only to the Medal of Honor.   In the firefight in which Allen was killed, he was the only one of 13 killed who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. J. L. King was awarded the Silver Star.   Writer also told me Allen's brother Arville, retired from Air Force as Lt. Colonel. Also, Allen's Mother, sister, wife and daughter are still living.  Captain Culpepper, a brave and honorable man, died May 18, 1969.   T. D. Carey, class of 1965

 

(Today is 47th anniversary of Allen Culpepper's death. Jack Kinger was in the squad that Captain Culpepper had assembled. For his actions, Jack was awarded the Silver Star.)

SUBMITTED BY T. L.CAREY