World War II
Technician Fifth Grade

Henry Wallen

HQ Co., 349th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division

Technician Fifth Grade Henry Wallenstein enlisted in the US Army in New York, New York. He was a member of the 349th Infantry Regiment of the famed 88th Infantry Division, also known as the “Blue Devils”. He was wounded in action in Italy in May 1944. For his actions, he was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds along with a Bronze Star and a New York Conspicuous Service Medal (whereabouts unknown). After World War II, he moved to Florida, where he dropped the ‘stein’ from his surname, becoming Henry Wallen. He was evidently a member of the Reserve Forces due to the contents of the group containing an Armed Forces Reserve Medal and a photo of then Master Sergeant Wallen of the 290th Engineer Batallion of Melbourne, Florida.

Date of Incident
May 8, 1944
Minturno, Italy
Wounded in Action
New York, New York