’S OWN STAFF SERGEANT
ALLAN BROOKS CALLAWAY
’s own sons—Staff Sergeant Allan Brooks Callaway was honored
today with a memorial at the
Allan Brooks Callaway was born in 1944 in
. Callaway was a versatile athlete participating in baseball,
football, basketball, and swimming. While attending
he quarterbacked the football team, averaged 22 points per game as a
guard on the basketball team, and graduated in 1962. Callaway was a
member of Troop 175, Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
He graduated from
Shortly after graduating from college, Allan
Brooks Callaway was drafted into active duty in the
Army. Excelling in leadership in basic training he accepted an
opportunity to attend
, graduating first in his class. Following armor training at
SSGT Callaway was assigned to the 1st Platoon, Company D,
1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, known
throughout the Army as “The Blackhorse.” The Regiment’s mission
included guarding and patrolling road networks west of
to the Cambodian border. As Tank Commander, SSGT Callaway
quickly earned the respect of his crew and fellow Tank Commanders for his
combat leadership, sense of humor, and innovative technical skills.
SSGT Callaway developed a
method of controlling a tank’s gun remotely, allowing the operation of the
main gun by one individual thereby allowing another crew member to act as a
defense against close-in infantry, a particularly vulnerable aspect of tank
warfare—this innovation was adopted by the entire regiment.
, an area known as “The Catcher’s Mitt” near Fire Support Base
Harper’s Ferry was particularly active with enemy. Callaway
dismounted his tank to guide his team safely through a heavily mined area.
An anti-tank mine detonated, killing SSGT Callaway, but sparing his tank and
crew members. Callaway was only 24 years and had been in-country for 165
For his courage and selflessness he was
posthumously awarded The Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart,
reflecting positively on his family, the
Army, and the
United States of America
VETERAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: The Atlanta Vietnam
Veteran Business Association’s purpose is to promote patriotism and sponsor
patriotic activities among the business community; to recognize those who
served and honor those who gave their lives in
. Each year the AVVBA erects a memorial plaque in various
locations in metropolitan
in honor of an individual from the area killed in
. Today marks the 16th memorial placed by the Atlanta
Vietnam Veteran Business Association.
The Atlanta Vietnam
Veterans Business Association (AVVBA) dedicates its 16th memorial
to SSGT Allan Brooks Callaway of
. SSGT Brooks was killed in action while selflessly leading his
men and tank through an enemy mine field when an anti-tank mine detonated
taking his life but sparing his crew and tank.
The Atlanta Vietnam
Veteran’s Business Association is dedicated to promoting and sponsoring
activities of a patriotic nature among the business community while
recognizing those who served and who gave their lives in the Vietnam War.
Each year AVVBA selects a soldier from one of 418
citizens killed in action in
. Nominations are made through Veteran’s affiliations, families,
friends, schools, and religious organizations to the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans
Started in 1981 by a
handful of veterans gathering at Penrod’s, the organization quickly grew
from a social event celebrating Veteran’s Day to one that champions the
memory of veterans who perished in Vietnam. The First memorial was at
the Galleria Complex in 1987 and has continued each year thereafter.
Many distinguished Americans have been keynote speakers at the memorial
presentations including Senator Zell Miller, Senator Max Cleland, and Major
General George S. Patton, Jr.
From humble beginnings
membership has grown to over 200 members: entrepreneurs, executives, and
professionals who served in the
and came back to build families and careers. The organization
offers gratitude, peace, and a graceful closure to those family members who
suffered the loss of these great Americans. Our mission continues to
help our members, the families and friends of our memorial honorees, and all
Atlantans to focus on the positive aspects of Military service to
and the debt owed to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Vietnam Veterans Business Association