Army SGT
Alpena, MI
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Memorial Location: 

Besser Museum
491 Johnson Street
Alpena, MI 49707

Killed while conducting combat operations near Jisr Diyaka, Iraq.
Assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, GA.

Allen Greka was born June 18, 1978, to Steven and Patti Greka and raised in Alpena, Michigan. He spent all of his life, prior to joining the Army, in Northeast Michigan. He enjoyed all the seasons and participated in the activities they had to offer. Allen especially enjoyed swimming and hunting. He was never bored as he always found something to do. During the summers Allen would go camping at just about every lake in Montmorency County. Allen's grandparents owned a cottage in Hillman and Allen would go there to fish and explore from their canoe. At age six, Allen's dad bought him a 70 cc Honda motorcycle. Allen was a natural, but riding safely would take a little longer, luckily there were no serious injuries. While stationed at Ft. Hood, TX, Allen would buy another bike just for getting around. Allen was also an avid reader and especially loved science fiction. He was also a video game freak and could beat just about any game, if he had to play for days to do it. Allen also loved sports and played basketball on a men's recreational league for a couple of years. Although born and raised in Michigan, his favorite teams were the Boston Celtics and the New York Giants. His dad was a Lions fan and the two of them would watch the games and argue about which team was the better.

When home on leave, Allen would spend time at Jonesy's Bar, eating their burgers, drinking beer, shooting pool and talking to the regulars. He had lots of friends from different backgrounds and would do anything for them.

Allen enlisted in the army in 2000 and graduated from Basic Armored Recon course at Fort Knox, KY in August. He earned the AFBA High BRM Award during the course and when asked how he became such a good shot he replied, "Shooting squirrels, sir." After graduation Allen was stationed at Fort Hood, TX, before being deployed to Camp Gary Owen, South Korea for a year. From South Korea, Allen was transferred to FOrt Polk, LA. On July 8, 2006, while stationed at Fort Polk, LA, he married long time girlfriend Jennifer Brilinski and on March 17, 2007, they were blessed with the birth of daughter Lilith Anne.

From Fort Polk, Allen was deployed for his first tour in Iraq. After his tour, he returned to home, re-enlisted and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, GA. In April 2007, Allen was deployed to Iraq for his second tour. On July 13, 2007, while on a dismounted patrol conducting combat operations, Sergeant Allen A. Greka made the ultimate sacrifice when he stepped on a land mine near Jisr Diyaka, Iraq.

Sergeant Greka's awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.


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