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Allan Dean Masteller

Allen Masteller
Born 12 Apr 1944, Chico, Butte Co, CA (HOR: Chico)
Died 16 Mar 1968, Hua Nghia Province, South Vietnam
Service Branch Army
Rank Specialist 4
Rating or Job  
Unit D Co, 554th ENG BN, 79th ENG Group, 20th ENG BDE
Campaign Viet Nam
Military Citations  
Family Father: Curtis Frank Masteller was born on October 6, 1907 in Chico, Butte Co, CA. He died on August 20, 1952, in Chico, Butte Co, CA at 45.

Mother: Ruth Alice Cooper was born on April 3, 1906, in Shelton, Mason Co, WA. She died on July 16, 1985, in Chico, Butte Co, CA, at 79.

Children: His father, Curtis, was 36 and his mother, Alice, was 38. He had one brother and one sister.


Spec. 4 Allan Dean Masteller

April 12, 1944 - Feb. 28, 1968


Allan Masteller was just two months short of making it through the Army alive when he was killed.

Born in Seattle, Masteller had lived in Chico since he was an infant. He graduated from Chico Senior High School in 1965 and later worked for United Artists Theater and Diamond National.

The young man was drafted in May 1966, and after basic training assigned to the 554th Engineers’ Battalion. His unit was sent to Vietnam in April 1967.

In late February 1968, when he was about a month short of coming home, Masteller’s camp at Cu Chi was attacked by rockets and mortars. He was seriously wounded and died at the base hospital three hours later.

Chico News & Review, May 26, 1988


66000798 SP4 USA (MOS 51B20: Carpentry/Masonry Specialist)

Casualty Details: Killed by artillery, rocket or mortar fire

Listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, D. C. Panel 41E Line 074 Listed on the Gold Star Memorial Glen Oaks Memorial Park
Burial: Clear Creek/Butte Valley Cemetery, Butte Co, CA Purple Heart



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