Project Vernon Parish | Points of Interest
Sergeant Abraham “Abe” Lincoln Allen was a hero of World War I, serving under General John J. Pershing in Company B of the 28th Infantry Division where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Allen was one Pershing’s One Hundred Heroes – soldiers who performed acts of heroism during WWI. Allen and two companions were injured by an exploding shell and, despite his injuries, Allen carried the two wounded soldiers to safety amid heavy enemy gunfire.
After the war, Allen returned to Leesville, Louisiana where he worked as a Louisiana State Trooper in Vernon Parish. His final resting place is in the Ferguson-Dennis Cemetery (known locally as the Leesville Cemetery) – there is a walkway named in his honor that leads to his grave.