14 September 2009

Staff Sgt. Nekl B. Allen

Via Democrat and Chronicle.com
A Rochester man was one of two soldiers killed Saturday during fighting in Afghanistan.

A U.S. Army spokesman at Fort Drum in Jefferson County announced Monday night that Staff Sgt. Nekl B. Allen, 29, of Rochester, was killed in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised-explosive device and small arms fire.

Specialist Daniel L. Cox, 23, of Parsons, Kan., was also killed in the attack.
Both soldiers served as infantrymen with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade combat team, which deployed in January 2009.
Allen joined the Army in May 2002 and arrived at Fort Drum in May 2008. This was his third deployment.
Allen’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

He is survived by his wife, three children and parents.

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