Virgle ALLEN


Allen virgle
AGE22 yo
DATE OF BIRTH22 April 1922 to Arthurmabel Magoffin County, KENTUCKY

Parents: Alice « Dolly » England HALE & Arbria R.B ALLEN
Fréres & Soeurs (demi-fréres & demi-soeurs) : Wilbur, Audi E, Mollie, A.Oscar ,Brady, Beckham, Peggy, Hale Gratz, Ellen Hale, Pokie Hale, Mary Allen, Arthur, Lawrence, Estill, Kelsie, William, Daisye Hale, Cora M, Cassie, Bettie Hale, Beartrice Allen, Virgle & Grover

RANKSergent Chef
DATE of ENLISTEMENT19 September 1940 Fort Thomas, Newport KENTUCKY
COMPANY1st Company
REGIMENT SQUADRON39th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION GROUP9th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH6 August 1944Allen virgle tombe
PLACE OF DEATHChérencé-le-Roussel (Manche)

Map of Normandy American Cemetery


Bronze Star + OLC

Purple Heart + OLC

Good Conduct Medal

American Defense Service

(Pour service durant Pearl Harbor)

European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

World War II Victory Medal 

Combat Infantryman Badge



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Good Medal Conduite


victory medal

combat infantryman badge

siver starS / Sgt Virgle ALLEN was recommended for the Silver Star during the attack on his Battalion at Fontenay sur Mer on June 12, 1944.


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Virgle Allen was born on April 25, 1922 in Arthurmabel, Magoffin County, Kentucky, son of Abria R.B. Allen and Alice England Hale Allen from a large family of 27 children.

He went to school and eventually worked on the farm with these parents.

He enlisted on September 19, 1940 at Fort Thomas Newport Kentucky

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North of Africa

He joined the 1st Company of the 39th Infantry Regiment of the 9th Infantry Division and left for the first operations in North Africa on September 26, 1942. The 9th Inf Div was among the first US combat units (outside the Pacific Theater) at to engage in offensive ground operations during World War II with 3rd Inf Div and 2nd US Armored Div

The 9th Inf Div delivers his first fight on November 8, 1942 during the Anglo-Americans landing for the port of Safi Morocco, the 3rd Bn of the 47th Inf Reg participates in this release. After the collapse of the French Resistance on November 11, 1942, the Division patrolled the Moroccan-Spanish border.

The 9th Inf Div was sent to Tunisia in February 1943, he was engaged in small defensive actions and patrols.

On March 28, 1943, the Division engages in hard fighting in southern Tunisia and participates with the 894th Tank Destroyer and allies in the capture of Bizerte. the city is liberated on May 8, 1943.


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On August 1, 1944 the Division landed at Palermo in Sicily and took part in the capture of Randazzo and Messina.

During the fighting for the liberation of Sicily the 39th Inf Reg is attached to the 1st Inf Div and goes through the Sicilian Apenin to the south of the island towards Messina.

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He conquered the enemy at Cerami then joined the assault on Troina on August 6 followed by Randazzo and finally Messina on August 17, 1944.

Allen virgle TroinaTroina with Mount Etna in the background


It is certainly during the fighting of one of these cities that the S / Sgt Virgle Allen receives the purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster for hurtsure.

After a rest and reformation the 9th Inf Div by November 25, 1943 for England where she will undergo further training to prepare for the fighting in Normandy.


The 9th Inf Div landed at Utah Beach on June 10, 1944 at D + 4. During battles for the Crisbeq Battery and taking the village of Fontenay sur Mer the S / Sgt Virgle Allen will be recommended for the Silver Star.

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The division cuts the peninsula in two on June 17, 1944 in Barneville sur Mer and takes part in the hard fight

for the capture of Cherbourg and captures the tip of the Hague on July 1.

The Division arrives in the Taute area, south of Carentan on July 9, 44.

On July 11, the German Panzer Lehr Division attacked the 9th Inf Div in the Desert, but despite a determined resistance the 9th managed to advance and reached the Périers-St-Lô road on July 18th at the cost of heavy losses.

She then takes part in the fight for the capture of Mortain from August 6 to 13, 1944. It is in this counter-attack of Mortain that the S / Sgt Virgle Allen will fall in battle on Sunday, August 6, 1944 at the age of 22, during Attacks for the capture of Chérencé-le-Roussel against the 2nd German Panzer Division.


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1 Aug 1940  Days of Combat/Jour de Combat  304
   Casualties/Victimes 23 277

Entered Combat/Entré au combat

8 Nov 1942 North Africa  

Commanding Generals/Commandants généraux

Maj. Gen. Jacob L. Devers (Oct 40 - Jul 41)
Maj. Gen. Rene E. DeR. Hoyle (Aug 41 - Jul 42)
Maj. Gen. Manton S. Eddy (Aug 42 - Aug 44)
Maj. Gen. Louis A. Craig (Aug 44 - May 45)
Brig. Gen. Jesse A. Ladd (May 45 - Feb 46)


Algeria-French Morocco (8 Nov 42 - 11 Nov 42)
Tunisia (17 Nov 42 - 13 May 43)
Sicily (9 Jul - 17 Aug 43)
Normandy (6 Jun 44 - 24 Jul 44)
Northern France (25 Jul 44 - 14 Sep 44)
Rhineland (15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45)
Ardennes-Alsace (16 Dec 44 - 25 Jan 45)
Central Europe (22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45)


carte campagn 9 division

Cette carte retrace le parcours de la 9ème division d'infanterie en Méditerranée et en Europe pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

This maps charts the journey of the 9th Infantry Division throughout the Mediterranean and Europe during World War II.



The 9th Infantry Division saw its first combat in the North African invasion, 8 November 1942, when its elements landed at Algiers, Safi, and Port Lyautey. With the collapse of French resistance, 11 November 1942, the Division patrolled the Spanish Moroccan border. The 9th returned to Tunisia in February and engaged in small defensive actions and patrol activity. On 28 March 1943 it launched an attack in southern Tunisia and fought its way north into Bizerte, 7 May. In August the 9th landed at Palermo, Sicily, and took part in the capture of Randazzo and Messina. After returning to England for further training, the Division hit Utah Beach on 10 June 1944 (D plus 4) , cut off the Cotentin Peninsula, drove on to Cherbourg and penetrated the port's heavy defenses. After a brief rest in July, the Division took part in the St. Lo break-through and in August helped close the Falaise Gap. Turning east, the 9th crossed the Marne, 28 August, swept through Saarlautern, and in November and December held defensive positions from Monschau to Losheim. Moving north to Bergrath, Germany, it launched an attack toward the Roer, 10 December, taking Echtz and Schlich. From mid-December through January 1945, the Division held defensive positions from Kalterherberg to Elsenborn. On 30 Jannary the Division jumped off from Monschau in a drive across the Roer and to Rhine, crossing at Remagen, 7 March. After breaking out of the Remagen bridgehead, the 9th assisted in the sealing and clearing of the Ruhr Pocket, then moved 150 miles east to Nordhausen and attacked in the Harz Mountains, 14-20 April. On 21 April the Division relieved the 3d Armored along the Mulde River, near Dessau, and held that line until VE-day.


La 9ème division d'infanterie a connu son premier combat lors de l'invasion nord-africaine, le 8 novembre 1942, lorsque ses éléments ont atterri à Alger, Safi et Port Lyautey. Avec l'effondrement de la résistance française, le 11 novembre 1942, la division patrouillait la frontière marocaine espagnole. Le 9 est rentré en Tunisie en février et s'est engagé dans de petites actions de défense et de patrouille. Le 28 mars 1943, il a lancé une attaque dans le sud de la Tunisie et s'est frayé un chemin vers le nord, dans Bizerte, le 7 mai. Le 9 août a atterri à Palerme, en Sicile, et a pris part à la capture de Randazzo et de Messine. Après son retour en Angleterre pour poursuivre sa formation, la Division a frappé Utah Beach le 10 juin 1944 (D + 4), a coupé la péninsule du Cotentin, s'est rendue à Cherbourg et a pénétré dans les lourdes défenses du port. Après un bref repos en juillet, la division a pris part à la percée de St. Lo et a aidé en août à fermer l’écart de Falaise. En tournant à l'est, le 9 a traversé la Marne le 28 août, a balayé Saarlautern et, en novembre et décembre, a occupé des positions défensives de Monschau à Losheim. Se déplaçant au nord de Bergrath, en Allemagne, il a lancé une attaque contre le Roer, le 10 décembre, en prenant Echtz et Schlich. De la mi-décembre à janvier 1945, la division a occupé des positions défensives de Kalterherberg à Elsenborn. Le 30 Jannary, la division a quitté Monschau en traversant la Roer et le Rhin, traversant à Remagen le 7 mars. Après avoir quitté la tête de pont de Remagen, le 9 a aidé à sceller et à dégager la poche de la Ruhr, puis à 150 milles à l’est de Nordhausen et à attaquer dans les montagnes du Harz, du 14 au 20 avril. Le 21 avril, la division a déchargé le 3e blindé le long de la rivière Mulde, près de Dessau, et a détenu cette ligne jusqu'au jour du VE.

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