Bill Allendorph began his service in the U.S. Army as a draftee in Troy, on Jan. 16, 1967. In June 1967 following Basic and Advanced Infantry training, he entered Infantry Officer Candidate School and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in May 1968. He received orders for specialized training in advance of deployment to Vietnam. His training included the study of the Vietnamese language and other duties and responsibilities to serve as an Advisor to Combat Forces of the Vietnamese Army.
In Vietnam, he was detailed to Quang Tin Province in the 1 Corps Tactical Zone, where he served as Mobile Advisory Team Leader.
He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1969. His duties were to assist the Vietnamese Regional and Popular Forces in military operations against the enemy, resulting in numerous and deadly engagements with the enemy.
He says one of the most gratifying missions he commanded was the rescue of U.S. Army soldier, Spc. 4 Larry D. Aiken of Jamaica, Long Island, from the enemy on July 10, 1969. But at age 20 he died from wounds inflicted by his captors 15 days later in an American hospital. Aiken was the only imprisoned soldier to be forcibly returned to friendly control during the war. Aiken was serving with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade when he was captured during the battle. Ten of his fellow soldiers were killed in the battle. Specialist Aiken was the only imprisoned soldier to be forcibly returned to friendly control during the war.
Following his tour in Vietnam, Lieutenant Allendorph was promoted to Captain and assigned to the John J. Kennedy Special Warfare School. He received training as a Special Forces Officer and received the Green Beret. He was then assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces, as a B and C Team Leader. For his service and bravery, he received 3 Bronze Stars, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, US Army Parachutist Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, NYS Conspicuous Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.
He was honorably discharged on May 1, 1971, and returned to Wynantskill, NY. He is the proud Father of two sons, John, and Jason, and one daughter Bess who passed away in 2002. Bill worked for the US Postal Service in several different Capital District locations, retiring as USPS Supervisor of Customer Service in Mechanicville in 2004.
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