Allen, Grace, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
163X-Special Duty Officer - Intelligence
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1949, 163X, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1944 - 1949

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Contact Info
Home Town
Marlette, Michigan
Last Address
University Place, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Date of Passing
Jun 20, 2014
Location of Interment
Riverside Cemetery - Plattsburg, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
WAVES National
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Last Known Activity

Lieutenant Grace Evelyn Howard (Allen), USNR 

She earned a Lifetime Teaching Certificate from Central Michigan Teachers College at the end of her third year and received a BS Degree in her senior year. With a Commerce and Math double major and a minor in English she was the only one of her class to obtain a teaching position for the next Fall term (at a salary of $60.00 per month for nine months). She taught Commerce and Math in Michigan High Schools for the next ten years; one of her first jobs was in Saranac, Michigan. She earned a Master's in Education from the University of Michigan in 1943, and that summer she took a wartime job at General Motors in Detroit doing statistical typing.

In June 1944, she enlisted in the Navy Reserves, became a WAVE officer and was stationed in Washington, DC serving as Assistant to the Chief of the Lithographic Division at the Hydrographic Office. She was cleared for handling maps and charts where she earned top secret clearance and helped track submarines during WWII. Toward the end of the war, she was transferred to the Offices of the Chief of Naval Operations at the newly-opened Pentagon where she served until 1949. She met her husband-to-be, LTjg Jonathan Allen, in Washington D.C., where he was a doctor in the US Naval Reserves Medical Corps, although she outranked him.

After discharge, she did substitute teaching in the Detroit, MI high schools and continued her post graduate education in science at Wayne University until the birth of her first child. In 1952 she was awarded special recognition of academic achievement and special consideration by the Ford Foundation for having achieved a high grade in the very first Nuclear Physics course offered at Wayne State University in Detroit.

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Links to LTjg Jonathan Allen (her husband):
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Direct Commission Officer School US NavyPentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
  1944-1944, 00X, Direct Commission Officer School
  1944-1945, 163X, Naval Hydrographic Office
  1945-1949, 163X, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/American Theater
 Colleges Attended 
Central Michigan UniversityUniversity of Michigan-Ann ArborWayne State UniversityClinton Community College
  1929-1932, Central Michigan University
  1941-1943, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  1950-1952, Wayne State University
  1998-1998, Clinton Community College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 01, 2005, Husband: LTjg Jonathan Merrell Allen
  Jun 20, 2014, Grace Evelyn Howard Allen, 100
  Apr 30, 2015, A Life Filled With Gumption and Determination
  Sep 30, 2015, Grace-Allen Scholarship1
  May 20, 2016, General Photos
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