Biography

Sutter, Allan x. [LtCol CO 2nd1stMR]

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2nd Bn 1st MR

The Colonel found an old friend, Major W.C. Reeves, whom he had known in Nicaragua; this old-timer came in with the regulars from Lejeune, and was soon Pullerís adjutant. Most of the officers around Puller were new to him: Lieutenant Colonels Robert Rickert, his executive officer, and the battalion commanders, Thomas L. Ridge, Allan Sutter and Jack Hawkins.

 

Lt Col Allan Sutter usmc

Allan Sutter

Place of Birth: New Jersey, Mount Holy
Home of record: Germantown Pennsylvania

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

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Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Colonel Allan Sutter (MCSN: 0-5610), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commanding Officer of the Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces at Koto-ri, Korea, during the period 25 November to 10 December 1950. A gallant and resolute leader, Lieutenant Colonel Sutter continuously exposed himself to intense hostile machine-gun, mortar and small-arms fire to direct his Battalion in repelling the repeated fanatical assaults of enemy forces, estimated at two Divisions, surrounding his defensive position. With his sector constantly swept by grazing hostile fire over a period of 14 days, he bravely moved among his troops across open terrain in sub-zero weather, encouraging the men and sustaining their fighting spirit. When the enemy launched an exceptionally savage and determined assault on the night of 29 November, Lieutenant Colonel Sutter, by his brilliant direction of all phases of the defense and expert maintenance of operational control throughout the action, inspired his Battalion in repulsing the hostile force and inflicting severe casualties, including 175 dead and several hundred wounded. During the attack from Koto-ri to Sudong-ni on 10 December, he skillfully led his unit on a continuous march down a tortuous mountain defile and, although suffering from a high fever, reached his objective in minimum time with personnel and equipment intact. His superb tactical ability, fortitude and Battalion leadership in holding the strategic position at Koto-ri were contributing factors in the successful redeployment of the FIRST Marine Division to Hungnam. His outstanding courage, selfless devotion to duty and unwavering perseverance in the face of great odds reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Colonel Sutter and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 1075 (October 25, 1951)

Action Date: November 25 - December 10, 1950

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 1st Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) biography

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel Allan Sutter (MCSN: 0-5610), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States in Korea during the period from 25 January through 18 May 1951.

General Orders: Heroes U.S. Marine Corps, 1861 - 1955: Jane Blakeney

Action Date: January 25 - May 18, 1951

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel