Story of the little Giant Killer.

This 4-foot 11 inch Giant Killer needed a congressional waiver to join the Marines.
Marine Corps Allen “Mouse” D. Owen died September 9, 1981 in a skydiving accident near North Pole, AK. At 4’11” he had the distinction of being the smallest U.S. Marine and U.S.F.S. Smokejumper on record. He served three tours in Viet Nam before starting his smokejumping career.
The Giant Killer book & page honors these incredible war heroes making sure their stories of valor and sacrifice are never forgotten. God Bless our Vets!🇺🇸🇺🇸

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Among those honored by the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum is Allen Owen, known by his fellow parachute firefighters as Mouse.

Owen was 4 feet 11 inches tall, and weighed about 112 pounds. He sought Congressional support to become a U.S. Marine and another intervention to become a smokejumper. He served three tours in Vietnam before becoming a smokejumper.

Owen couldn’t walk as fast as his taller companions, but when he carried his 160-pound pack, it was said he weakened the others by making them laugh so hard they had to slow down. The Mouse was a wisecracker and a constant talker. Kids loved him. When he helped find a lost Boy Scout troop, he requested a cargo drop of hot dogs, ice cream and marshmallows. That led to an annual training jump into a local Bible camp with ice cream. At annual Fourth of July parties, he dressed as Superman and parachuted down with goodies.

Owen was an excellent firefighter and parachutist. According to fellow smokejumper Troop Edmonds, “Everyone who worked with him was inspired.”

After Edmonds and Owen became smokejumpers in Alaska, Mouse died in a skydiving accident on Sept. 9, 1981.
The Giant Killer book & page honors these incredible war heroes making sure their stories of valor and sacrifice are never forgotten. God Bless our Vets!🇺🇸🇺🇸

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