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

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

Casualty Date
May 07, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Coral Sea Campaign
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
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 Duty Stations
USS Lexington (CV-2)VS-2
  1940-1941, 131X, VS-6
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1941-1942, 131X, 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 Campaign
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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.
   
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Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
1942
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during World War II

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
Squadron: Scouting Squadron 2 (VS-2)
Ship: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2)

 

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
1942
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during World War II

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
Squadron: Scouting Squadron 2 (VS-2)
Ship: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2)

   
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