ALLEN, MICHAEL R.
Name: Michael R. Allen
Rank/Branch: Staff Sergeant/US Army
Unit:
Age: 32
Home City: West Point MS
Date of Loss: March 1991
Country of Loss: Saudi Arabia
Loss Coordinates:
Status: Missing in Action
Status in 2002: KIA/Body Recovered
Acft/Vehicle/Ground:
Other Personnel in Incident: unknown
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 09 March 1991 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
published sources, interviews. Updated 2002 POW NETWORK.
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: During the weeks of the Persian Gulf War, several dozen American
and Coalition military personnel were captured by the Iraqis or declared
Missing in Action. Information was scarce and hard to find relating to these
individuals. In most cases, those who were missing were at least identified
by name, age and branch of service.
In early March, 21 Americans were released by the Iraqis. Nine of these were
acknowledged to be POWs by the U.S. Government prior to their release. At
least one had been declared Killed in Action. Two were reported missing in
non-hostile environments. Some were a complete surprise to everyone,
including the U.S. Government.
Also without fanfare, during the first week in March several names were
added to the missing lists on whom no apparent information was available.
The list contained:
        SSgt. David R. Ames, 30, Schuyler, New York
        SSgt. Michael R. Allen, 32, West Point, Mississippi
        CWO Michael F. Anderson, 36, Frankfort, Indiana
        Spec. David Bush, 21
        Sgt. Christopher J. Chapman, 25, Charlotte, North Carolina
        Maj. Rhonda L. Cornum, 36
        Pvt. Troy A. Dunlap, 20
        SSgt. Crystal L. Rickett, 31
        SSgt. Daniel J. Stamaris, 31
As it happened, Cornum and Dunlap were released by the Iraqis on March 6.
The public had not previously known they were missing. The two were on a
helicopter sent near Basra to rescue a downed pilot, William Andrews, who
was also captured and released.
Five individuals were reported killed on the helicopter on which Cornum and
Dunlap were passengers. It is not known if any of the other missing were
also on board the aircraft.