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#1 Mr-X

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:30 AM

This is one of my favorite post war groups.
I received it from another member of this forum.

The items belonged to Col Charles C. Allison, who was born on 9th Aug 1926, and lived in Nebraska.

Allison enlisted in the US Army on the 20th Oct 1943 but did not start active service until 3rd January 1945 and served in the Pacific theater with the 503rd PIR. After the war he served with the 11th Airborne Division. He finished his enlisted service on the 12th December 1946 as MSgt. After which he reverted back to non-active duty.

On 20th April 1949 Allison began duty as a Reserve 2nd LT. Lieutenant Allison was wounded in action on the 18th November 1950 in North Korea while serving with the 187th Airborne Regiment. He became a Regular army 2nd LT on 8th April 1952.

Following promotion to Captain, Allison completed the Infantry Officers Advanced Course in 1957. On the 12 August 1962 he was promoted to Major and the next year he attended the Command and General Staff Collage.

Major Allison served South Vietnam as a G-3 Advisor and Sector Advisor from 11th December 1963 until 29th November 1964. Upon his return to the United States he took up a staff position in the US Army Combat Development Command and was promoted to LT COL on 15 June 1965.

On the 13th January 1967 LT COL took up the position of Executive Officer of the 193rd Infantry Brigade stationed in Panama. Later in 1967 LT COL Allison took command of the 3rd Battalion of the 508th Infantry (also in Panama), which was the Airborne element of the 193rd Brigade. LT COL commanded 3/508 until its deactivation on the 26th June 1968.

Allison returned to Vietnam on the 20th of July 1971 until 29th of April 1972.
I do not have a date for Allisonís promotion to Colonel but I would guess it was around this time.

From 6th of August 1974 until his retirement on 31st March 1979 COL Allison was Deputy Inspector General and then Inspector General of the US Army FORSCOM.

COL Allison was awarded the following during his service:

Legion of Merit with 2 OLC
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with 2 OLC
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation medal with 3 OLC
Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal with 1 OLC
Korean Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
Armed Forces Honor Medal First Class
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device
ROK PUC

COL Allisonís qualification badges include:

CIB second award
EIB
Ranger Tab
Jungle Expert badge
Master Parachutist badge
Glider Badge
Parachute Rigger badge
RVN Master Parachutist badge
Ecuador Army Master Parachutist badge.

LT COL Allison's 1967 contract jungle jacket from when he commanded 3/508.

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Edited by Mr-X, 03 July 2008 - 05:51 AM.


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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:30 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:31 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:31 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:31 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:32 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:32 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:34 AM

During my duty with the 3-508th, our Battalion Commander was LTC Charles C. Allison, who first enlisted during WWII. More recently, he had served from 1963-64 as a G3 & Sector Advisor in Vietnam. I took this picture from the back of a deuce-and-a-half while we were crossing over the Thatcher Ferry Bridge. LTC Allison's jeep slowly passed us, allowing me to snap a quick photo. We were on another of our frequent alerts. One time they even actually chuted us up and boarded us onto C130s; we sat nervously inside the planes on the runway for a couple of hours, then the alert was called off. We never knew if an alert was going to be the real thing, or just more practice. Airborne units are trained to be flown where needed on a moment's notice. - Steve Guthrie. P.S.: Notice the blue Jungle Expert patch on the colonel's right shirt pocket.
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:34 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:35 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:35 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:37 AM

Thats a pretty nice jacket X.Appears they used a WW2 style 508 pocket patch in lieu of the "skinny" devil .Thanks for posting.I have a soft spot for all 508 stuff.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:39 AM

COL Allison's Fatigue from when he was assigned Inspector General of FORSCOM.
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:41 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:41 AM

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:44 AM

A plaque presented to COL Allison for meritorious service as the IG of FORSCOM upon his retirement in March 1979.
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:47 AM

Thats a pretty nice jacket X.Appears they used a WW2 style 508 pocket patch in lieu of the "skinny" devil .Thanks for posting.I have a soft spot for all 508 stuff.

RON


Thanks Ron.

I really enjoy this grouping.

I think you are right about the 508 pocket patch.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 06:20 AM

Another pic of LT COL Allison.
Taken during a 1967 NCO/Officers party.

Top left hand picture, LT COL Allison is on the right.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 09:53 AM

Very Cool! I like the slant packet shirts!

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 11:52 AM

I found this site today as I had googled Col Charles C Allison. Just to update your files, I served under Col Allison in 1971/1972 in Cam Ranh Bay. He was a wonderful person and tried every day to turn me into an Airborne Ranger....At the time he was in charge of security and enemy intelligence for all of Cam Ranh Bay. I was one of his clerks and or driver when necessary. We had a stand alone building located within a compound known then as the Drug TReatment Center. Our unit was called the Drug Control Center and it was made up of Col Allison, Major Hollaway, Capt Saunders, Lt Crawford and two or three enlisted men such as myself.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:19 AM

Col Charles Allison.jpg

 

 

Here is a picture of Col Allison in his office....... windows the back ground were sealed due to sand storms...



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:37 PM

I found this site today as I had googled Col Charles C Allison. Just to update your files, I served under Col Allison in 1971/1972 in Cam Ranh Bay.

 

SInce your post bumped this thread to the top I was able to enjoy the photos I had not seen before.  I can also add some limited acquaintance with then LTC Allison when he was in the 193rd Infantry Brigade and 3/508 (Abn) Infantry in Panama.  At the time I was assigned to the S-3 at Post Headquarters, Fort Clayton and LTC Allison was at Fort Kobbe on the other side of the Canal.  I met him on two occasions;  the first was during one of the exercises the OP mentioned, when I was the LNO to USARSO G-3, and again during the USARSO Rifle and Pistol Matches. The Pistol Range was at Fort Clayton and I was the Range Officer.

 

After the 3/508 (Abn) was reflagged as the 3/5th Infantry in June 1968 I transferred to Bravo Company as a PL and XO then shortly thereafter to HHC as the CO.  LTC Hugh Holt  then LTC Mahlon Weed were the Battalion Commanders.  The 3/5th retained one airborne company, Alpha, plus the Battalion Command and Staff. LTC Holt also served as the 193rd Brigade XO.

 

While neither encouraged me to apply for the Airborne School conducted at Fort Sherman  CZ (probably because we were always short on officers - I did not have an XO in HHC) I did extend my service obligation under LTC Weed in order to serve in Vietnam.  I never had any further contact with these fine career officers.




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