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Army mortuary affairs specialist found dead at Camp Humphreys in South Korea

Staff Sgt. Deontae D. Allen, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene on Camp Humphreys by emergency medical personnel on Sunday, according to a press release.

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By KIM GAMEL | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 18, 2019

SEOUL, South Korea — A 2nd Infantry Division soldier who worked as a mortuary affairs specialist was found dead Sunday in his barracks room, the Army said Thursday. The cause of death is under investigation.

Staff Sgt. Deontae D. Allen, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene on Camp Humphreys by emergency medical personnel on Sunday, according to a press release.

Allen, who was assigned to 2nd ID’s sustainment brigade, joined the division in May. He had deployed twice to Afghanistan and was awarded the Army commendation medal and the Army achievement medal.

“Staff Sgt. Allen was one of the finest NCOs with which I have served,” said Capt. Scott Hallmann, commander of the brigade’s 348th Composite Supply Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

“His dedication to his soldiers and his duty as a mortuary affairs professional showed through in every interaction,” Hallmann said. “His presence will be sorely missed, not only by his soldiers, but by the company as a whole. He was a blessing to all of us.”

Allen joined the Army from Memphis, Tenn., in September 2012, then was assigned to Ft. Lee, Va., after completing training.

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