Allen, Edward Henry, LT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot heavier than air or lighter than air
Last Rating/NEC Group
Officer
Last Duty Station
1941-1942, VS-2
Service Years
1931 - 1942
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Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
1908
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Pekin
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 07, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Coral Sea May 4 - 8, 1942 WWII Streamer
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

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 Duty Stations
Shore Units/US Naval Academy Annapolis (USNA)Naval Aviation Schools/Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLNaval Flight Schools/Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.VS-2
  1927-1931, Shore Units/US Naval Academy Annapolis (USNA)
  1933-1933, Naval Aviation Schools/Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1934-1934, Naval Flight Schools/Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1940-1941, 131X, VS-6
  1941-1942, 131X, VS-2
  1941-1942, 131X, VS-2
  1941-1942, VS-2
 Colleges Attended 
University of North DakotaUnited States Naval Academy
  1926-1928, University of North Dakota
  1928-1931, United States Naval Academy1
 Combat and Operations History
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Coral Sea May 4 - 8, 1942 WWII Streamer
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Last Known Activity

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 o 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.

USS Edward H. Allen (DE-531) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
                         
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 USS Lexington CV-2                   

USS Lexington (CV-2)
, nicknamed the "Gray Lady" or "Lady Lex", was an early aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. She was the name ship of the Lexington class.

                                         
   
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                                U.S.S. Edward H. Allen (DE-531) 

  

She was launched 7 October 1943 by Boston Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. David H. Clark; and commissioned 16 December 1943, Lieutenant Commander M. M. Sanford in command.
 

                             
   
 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the Purple HeartMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1931, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  1942, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
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