PFC U.S. Army
Born: Dec. 01, 1948
Died: April 18, 1971 (22)
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Died: April 18, 1971 Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam
PFC Allen Jacques DuRoy Private First Class, United States
Army 101st Airborne Division, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry,
D Company Born 1 December 1948 Killed While Serving 18 April
1971 Thua Thien, Vietnam
Allen Jacques DuRoy was the second child and only son of
Jacques and Ruth Jenkins DuRoy. He was born December 1,
1949 in Flint, Michigan. The family, along with his older
sister Kay, moved to California in 1954 living in Northern
California, Garden Grove and eventually moved to Williams
Street in Tustin in 1964. Although he had been called "Skipper"
most of his life, while in high school he was called Al.
had been attending Santa Ana Valley High school when the
family moved to Tustin. He decided to stay at Valley High.
Al was quiet, liked school and was described as studious.
A classmate from his graduating class of 1967 wrote that
Al was a lot of fun and made going to school fun. Al could
be seen driving around town in his 1957 turquoise and white
Chevy. After high school he worked for Southern California
Edison and attended Santa Ana College. During his college
time, Al stopped for a semester to marry his high school
sweetheart, Mary Sparks on May 17, 1969. Mary and Al lived
in an apartment down the street from his parents on Williams
Street. His sister said they were completely devoted to
While on his break from college, Al was drafted into the
United States Army, completing his military training at
Fort Bragg. Allen found that he really enjoyed the military
and talked about making it a career. Allen's tour of duty
in Vietnam began on October 23rd, 1970. While on night patrol
on April 18, 1971, PFC Allen J DuRoy stepped on an American
land mine and was killed while serving his country. He was
the last of the Tustin Soldiers to die in the line of duty.
He was just 22 years old.
loved the ocean and would go there for hours to enjoy the
peace. He is buried at Pacific View Memoria Park in Newport
Beach, overlooking his beloved ocean.
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