Allen, Richard, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1995-1996, 113X, OPNAV N81- Analysis and Assessments, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1959 - 1996
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home Town
Rice Lake, Wisc.
Last Address
Weems, VA
Interment in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington; however, he also has a marker at: Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Weems in Lancaster County, Virginia.

Date of Passing
May 24, 2009
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Tailhook AssociationAssociation of Naval AviationRichmond Navy LeagueGeorge C. Marshall Chapter
  1962, Tailhook Association
  1962, Association of Naval Aviation - Assoc. Page
  1986, Navy League of the United States, Richmond Navy League (Executive Secretary) (Richmond, Virginia) - Chap. Page
  2000, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), George C. Marshall Chapter (Member) (Lexington, Virginia) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Last Known Activity

Vice Admiral Richard C. "Sweetpea" Allen, United States Navy (Retired), 69, of Weems, VA transferred to eternal life on May 24, 2009. A native of Wisconsin, he entered naval service in 1959 as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD). He served as a carrier based A4 Skyhawk and A6 Intruder jet pilot until 1971 when deteriorating eyesight forced re-designation as a Naval Flight Officer and transition to bombardier navigator in the Intruder. He saw Vietnam combat service in 67/68, served in 5 aviation squadrons, several staff assignments, and six commands including: VA-85; Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6); USS Detroit (AOE-4); USS America (CV-66); Carrier Group Six (CCG-6); and Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He was the first Naval Flight Officer to serve as a Carrier Air Wing Commander.

During operational assignments, he participated in a number of crisis responses and combat operations. They included the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), the Vietnam War (1967-68), Cyprus Conflict (1973), Libya Gulf of Sidra Operations (1981), Lebanon operations (1983), Libya combat operations (1986), and Caribbean counter drug operations (1990). 

Awards included the Distinguished Service Medal (x2), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (x3), Distinguished Flying Cross (x2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (x2), Air Medal (2 individual and seven strike flight awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V, National Defense Medal, Armed Forced Expeditionary Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal with 3 bronze stars, and several other campaign and unit awards.

He worked in the corporate world until 1998, was President of the Association of Naval Aviation until 2001, then worked as a private consultant for companies supporting Department of Defense programs. Moving to Northern Neck in 1998, he was President of the Northern Neck Military Officers Association of America (NNMOAA) in 05-06. He was an elder at Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church in Weems, Va. 

He attended Stout State College in Wisconsin for two years prior to joining the Navy, received a BS degree in Engineering Science from Naval Postgraduate School in 1971, and had graduate study in Computer Systems Management. He was also a graduate of Flag Officer Capstone training at National Defense University. 

He is survived by his wife Peggy (mn: Margaret Fricks Hall of Marietta, GA) of 45 years of Weems; daughter Laura Hall of Weems; sisters Barbara Frey and husband Ernie of San Bernardino, Cal.; Kathy May of San Bernardino, Cal.; Marilyn Jackson of Highland, Cal.; and brothers Everett Allen Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona; and Robert Allen and wife Temmi of Coon Rapids, Minn. 

A service of celebration was held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church with Rev. W. Clay Macaulay officiating. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 9 at Fort Myers Chapel with interment in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington with Full Military Honors.

There is also a Family Grave Marker at Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery, at Weems in Lancaster County, Virginia. 
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To My Skipper RC, by Michael P Walsh posted by Loomis, Steven (SaigonShipyard), IC3 2987 
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 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffVA-34 Blue BlastersVA-75 Sunday PunchersVA-65 Tigers
VA-85 Black FalconsCommander Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6), COMNAVAIRLANTUSS Detroit (AOE-4)USS America (CV-66)
  1959-1960, AN-0000, Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD)
  1960-1961, 139X, Flight Navigation School
  1962-1964, 131X, VA-34 Blue Blasters
  1964-1966, 131X, Flight Instructors School
  1967-1968, 131X, VA-75 Sunday Punchers
  1969-1970, 137X, VA-65 Tigers
  1971-1973, 132X, VA-85 Black Falcons
  1976-1978, 132X, Commander Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6), COMNAVAIRLANT
  1983-1984, 111X, USS Detroit (AOE-4)
  1985-1987, 132X, USS America (CV-66)
  1987-1989, 132X, COMNAVAIRLANT
  1989-1990, 132X, Commander Medium Attack Wing One (COMATWING 1)
  1991-1992, 135X, Aviation Plans and Requirements Division (OP-50), Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare)
  1992-1993, 113X, OPNAV N3/5B, CNO - OPNAV
  1992-1993, 113X, OPNAV N3/5B, CNO - OPNAV
  1993-1994, 113X, USCINCLANT
  1994-1995, 113X, Deputy Director of Naval Warfare (OP-07B), CNO - OPNAV
  1995-1996, 113X, OPNAV N81- Analysis and Assessments, CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
  1981-1981 Gulf of Sidra Incident (Libya)
  1982-1984 US Multinational Force Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission
  1986-1986 Operation El Dorado Canyon (Libya)
  1990-1990 Counter Drug Operations
 Colleges Attended 
University of Wisconsin-StoutNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CAArmed Forces Staff CollegeNational Defense University
  1957-1959, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  1970-1971, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1979-1981, Armed Forces Staff College
  1982-1983, National Defense University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 24, 2009, Obituary, Vice Admiral Richard C. Allen, USN (Ret.)5
  Jan 21, 2016, General Photos2
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