An Arizona Army National Guard sergeant killed this week in Iraq didn’t agree with the war, his wife wrote on a Web site she maintains.
“I’m so very proud of my husband and all that he believed,” Sgt. Howard Paul Allen’s wife, Patience, wrote. “He didn’t agree with this war but it was his duty. He did a job he wasn’t meant to do and he did it well and the price he paid was not recognition for a job well done. He paid with his life and felt so let down that he wasn’t getting recognized for the job he was doing.”
Allen, 31, of Mesa was killed Monday in Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the Guard’s 860th Military Police Company, which was sent to Iraq on March 5.
His family declined to comment through a military spokesman.
“On September 26, 2005 this world lost a true hero,” Patience Allen wrote, “not just any hero but my hero.”
Allen is the second Arizona Guardsman killed in the war.