HENRY I. ALLEN, JR., LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Allen, Jr. '32

Date of birth: October 10, 1910

Date of death: May 19, 1940

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From the Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon):

Death of Officer Held Accidental
SEATTLE, May 21 - Civil and naval authorities concluded today after a two-day investigation that Lieut. Henry I. Allen, commander of the navy's eagle boat 38, died early Sunday in an unexplained fall on his way to the waterfront. Officers at first believed he was a hit-and-run victim, but Deputy Coroner Stanley Morgan said tonight the evidence pointed to a fall. The body was found sprawled below a staircase. Lieut. Allen's vessel, stationed at Portland, has been in the navy yard at Bremerton for repairs.

Career

Harry began his career aboard USS Nevada (BB 36). In the 1934 and 1935 Navy Directories he is still listed aboard Nevada but as a member of Observation Squadron (VO) 2B.

The 1936 and 1937 Navy Directories list him aboard USS MacLeish (DD 220) as a LTjg; the 1937 edition also includes "gun" (possibly gunnery officer).

The 1938 Navy Directory lists him aboard USS Utah (AG 16).

The 1939 Navy Directory lists him, still as a LTjg, as "cmdg USS Eagle 38." This was the 38th Eagle-class patrol craft; it was commissioned in 1919 and one of eight of the class to see service in WWII. At the time Harry was commanding officer, her hull number was PE-38.

Memorial Hall Error

Henry's loss was not an operational one.


Class of 1932

Henry is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.