Today we Honor SGT (then SPC4) Allen J. Lynch for going above and beyond the call of duty on December 15th, 1967 Near My An (2), Binh Dinh province, Republic of Vietnam. Allen has been a supporter of Project RELO for quite some time, and has made appearances at Project RELO events in and around Chicago, IL. We are so proud to know Allen, and truly thankful for all that he has done for the veteran community.
SGT Allen Lynch received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions, the citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. SGT Lynch (then Spc4.) distinguished himself while serving as a radio telephone operator with Company D. While serving in the forward element on an operation near the village of My An, his unit became heavily engaged with a numerically superior enemy force. Quickly and accurately assessing the situation, SGT Lynch provided his commander with information which subsequently proved essential to the unit’s successful actions. Observing 3 wounded comrades Lying exposed to enemy fire, SGT Lynch dashed across 50 meters of open ground through a withering hail of enemy fire to administer aid. Reconnoitering a nearby trench for a covered position to protect the wounded from intense hostile fire, he killed 2 enemy Soldiers at point blank range. With the trench cleared, he unhesitatingly returned to the fire-swept area 3 times to carry the wounded men to safety. When his company was forced to withdraw by the superior firepower of the enemy, SGT Lynch remained to aid his comrades at the risk of his life rather than abandon them. Alone, he defended his isolated position for 2 hours against the advancing enemy. Using only his rifle and a grenade, he stopped them just short of his trench, killing 5. Again, disregarding his safety in the face of withering hostile fire, he crossed 70 meters of exposed terrain 5 times to carry his wounded comrades to a more secure area. Once he had assured their comfort and safety, SGT Lynch located the counterattacking friendly company to assist in directing the attack and evacuating the 3 casualties. His gallantry at the risk of his life is in the highest traditions of the military service, SGT Lynch has reflected great credit on himself, the 12th Cavalry, and the U.S. Army.
Watch the following YouTube video to hear SGT Allen Lynch retell the story,
Allen also wrote an autobiography, you can check that out here, https://www.amazon.com/Zero-Hero-Bullied-Kid-Warrior/dp/0998968927