EDWARD H. ALLEN, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Allen '31

Date of birth: March 2, 1908

Date of death: May 7, 1942

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

Obituary

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From Find A Grave:

Edward Henry Allen was born 2 March 1908 in Pekin, N.D. He attended the University of North Dakota for two years prior to being appointed to the Naval Academy. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1931. While serving with Scouting Squadron 2 in USS Lexington (CV 2), Lieutenant Allen was reported missing 7 May 1942 when his plane was shot down by enemy aircraft during the Battle of the Coral Sea. He was awarded a Navy Cross for the defense of his carrier on 20 February 1942 and a Gold Star in lieu of a second Navy Cross for the action in which he lost his life. He was also awarded posthumously the Purple Heart in 1943.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery and another in North Dakota. His wife was listed as next of kin.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Edward Henry Allen (NSN: 0-70223), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron TWO (VS-2), attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy forces in the Pacific War Area when his ship was attacked by eighteen Japanese bombing planes on 20 February 1942. Lieutenant Allen engaged one of the enemy, and by skillful maneuvering, enabled his rear seat observer to shoot the enemy bomber down with one burst from his .30 caliber free machine gun. Lieutenant Allen's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 317 (August 1943)
Action Date: 20-Feb-42
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Scouting Squadron 2 (VS-2)
Division: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2)

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Edward Henry Allen (NSN: 0-70223), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane and Executive Officer of Scouting Squadron TWO (VS-2), attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Air Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 May 1942. In the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire and fighter opposition, Lieutenant Allen led his division in a bold and persistent dive-bombing attack upon an enemy aircraft carrier, which contributed materially to the destruction of that vessel. His courageous conduct throughout this engagement was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: 7-May-42
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Scouting Squadron 2 (VS-2)
Division: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2)

Namesake

USS Edward H. Allen (DE 531) was named for Ed.


Class of 1931

Edward is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 in Memorial Hall.