NWSI 15th Humanitarian

Allen J. Lynch, Medal of Honor Recipient

Allen Lynch first served with the Department of Veteran Affairs as a Veterans Benefits Counselor and then as Chief Ambulatory Care at the then VA Medical Center North Chicago, now the Lovell FMC. He then served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program and as the Chief Veterans Rights Bureau, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, he served under four Illinois Attorney Generals. Since retiring from the Illinois Attorney General’s office in 2005 Allen served as a volunteer service officer with Vietnam Veterans of America until November 2104 and as the Assistant Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County Illinois until he retired in June of 2017.

Allen served on active duty with the US Army in Germany and Vietnam.  While in Vietnam Allen served with Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) from 31 May 1967 until 1 June 1968. He was "in-country" for six months when the action took place that would result in his receiving the Medal of Honor. The recognition of his conspicuous gallantry and selfless service to others on that day would be the catalyst for a life of service to others.  Allen completed his 21 years of service in both the Army reserve program and the Illinois National Guard where he retired in 1994. 

Allen is one of the founding members of the Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Veterans Foundation now the Allen Lynch Medal of Honor Veterans Assistance Program under Operation Support Our Troops America. a 501c3 organization with a 5-star rating by Charity Navigator.

Allen and his wife, Susan, have three children and are blessed with 5 grandchildren.  

Allen Lynch

After coming to the rescue of an ambushed American unit on December 15,  1967, Specialist Allen Lynch dragged wounded soldiers to safety while  under fire near My An, Binh Dinh, South Vietnam. On May 14, 1970,  President Nixon presented Lynch with the Medal of Honor.