Allen Lee Wagner

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  • Name: Allen Lee Wagner
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 6, 1951
  • Date of Death: October 14, 2005 (54 years old)
  • Parents: James H. Wagner and Bernadine (Wagner) Wagner
  • High School and Class: 1970 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: TSGT (Technical Sergeant)
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: May, 1972
  • Place Sworn In: Duluth, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: July 21, 1991
  • Place of Discharge: Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    March, 1972 March, 1976 772 Radar Squadron Gibbsboro Air Force Station, New Jersey
    March, 1976 June, 1982 4787 Air Base Group Duluth International Airport, Minnesota
    June, 1982 January, 1984 665th Radar Squadron Calumet Air Force Station, Michigan
    January, 1984 July, 1991 2150th Informaton Systems Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota
  • Military Awards:
    Air Force Good Conduct Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
    Air Force Commendation Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
    Meritorious Service Medal (July 10, 1972 to March 5, 1976)
    Air Force Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for Meritorious Service (July 5, 1978 to July 5, 1979)
    Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
    National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
    Air Force Training Medal

  • Military Highlights:
    Article from August 3, 1972 edition of Grand Rapids Herald Review:

    Airman Allen L. Wagner, son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Wagner of Grand Rapids, has been assigned to Gibbsboro Air Force Station, New Jersey after completing Air Force basic training.

    During his six weeks at the air training command's Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, he studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs and received special instruction in human relations.

    The airman has been assigned to a unit of the aerospace defense command for further training and duty as a food services specialist.

    Airman Wagner is a 1970 graduate of Grand Rapids High School. His wife is the former Becky L. Morrison of 1804 Mary Ann Drive, Grand Rapids."

    March 2, 1987 letter from John T. Stihl, Major General of the United States Air Force to Technical Sergeant Allen L. Wagner:

    "As a missile radio workcenter supervisor with the 2150th Communications Squadron, you were singled out by the inspector general team for your superior performance during the recent unit effectiveness inspection. Your professionalism and outstanding effort reflect most favorably on the 2150 CS, this command, and the United States Air Force. Please accept my congratulations and sincere appreciation for a job well done. You truly deserve the AFCC Professional Performer Award."

  • Wars Involved:
    Vietnam Era

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    In 1972, Allen married Becky Lynn Morrison.  After serving 19 1/2 years in the United States Air Force as a chef, in 1966 he retired and returned to Grand Rapids.

    He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2024, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2469, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans, all in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  He loved hunting, fishing, cooking, gardening and processing wild rice.

    Preceding him in death was his father, James H. and a sister, Fay Lantinen.

    He is survived by his wife, Becky; a daughter, Christina (Freddie) Krueger; a son, Allen J. (Rebecca); his mother, Bernadine Wagner; two sisters, Anne Bradley and Brenda (Larry) Smith; two brothers, Roger and James E; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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