Seaman, Allen Lang, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 131X, VB-106 Wolverators
Service Years
1938 - 1944
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Haven, CT
Last Address
San Francisco, CA

Casualty Date
May 01, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, 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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  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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NAAS Kearney Field, CANAF Midway IslandsUS NavyVB-106 Wolverators
  1943-1943, 131X, NAAS Kearney Field, CA
  1943-1943, 131X, NAF Midway Islands
  1943-1943, 131X, Carney Field, Solomon Islands
  1943-1943, 131X, NAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
  1943-1944, 131X, VB-106 Wolverators
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
 Colleges Attended 
Duke University
  1936-1937, Duke University
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Last Known Activity
Allen Lang Seaman was born on 21 December 1916 at New Haven, Connecticut, and educated at Duke University during the years 1936 and 1937. During his tenure at the university he served as the President of Beta Omega Sigma fraternity. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on 15 August 1938 and was ordered to Naval Air Station Pensacola as an Aviation Cadet five months later. Designated a Naval Aviator on 19 October 1939, he was commissioned Ensign in the Naval Reserve on 24 November. After service in several patrol squadrons, he was assigned to a bomber squadron in May 1943. He flew many missions including long range reconnaissance and bombing missions in support of major task force strikes in October 1943 against Wake Island, for which he was awarded the Air Medal, and missions in support of the Allied thrust toward Hollandia, New Guinea, in April 1944, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Appointed Lieutenant Commander on 15 April 1944, Seaman was declared missing in action on 1 May 1944 after inflicting substantial damage on enemy land and sea forces in the New Guinea area despite damage to his own aircraft. For that action and for his judgment and skill in crash landing his plane in such a manner as to save several members of his crew, he was awarded the Navy Cross. Declared dead as of 1 May 1944, he was also awarded, posthumously, a Gold Star in lieu of a second Navy Cross for the skill, leadership, and courage he consistently showed in pressing home, with great accuracy, low level strikes against enemy installations and shipping in the New Guinea area from November 1943 to March 1944. The citation for his second Navy Cross reads; "Lt. Comdr. Allen L. Seaman, USNR, Madison, Conn. (Missing in action): Piloting a patrol plane in the Pacific area from 1 Nov. 1943 to 24 March 1944, he flew repeatedly over enemy waters and strongly fortified bases to deliver devastating attacks against Japanese aircraft, ships, barges and land installation, returning safely on each occasion. On November 11 he made a low-altitude bombing and strafing attack on Kepingamarangi Island and destroyed three float-plane fighters and a fuel dump, probably destroyed a fourth plane and damaged a fifth.."
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
1944
 

Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Allen Lang Seaman, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy PY-1 Liberator Patrol Plane in Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX (VB-106), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Guadalcanal and Munda in the Solomon Islands during the period from 1 November 1943 to 24 March 1944. Lieutenant Seaman flew repeatedly over enemy waters and strongly fortified bases to deliver devastating attacks against Japanese aircraft, ships, barges and land installations, returning safely on each occasion. On 11 November he made a low-altitude bombing and strafing attack on Kepingamarangi Island and destroyed three float-plane fighters and a fuel dump, probably destroyed a fourth plane and damaged a fifth. Lieutenant Seaman's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 333 (December 1944)
Action Date: November 1, 1943 - March 24, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Bombing Squadron 106 (VB-106)

Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
1944

Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the 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 Allen Lang Seaman (NSN: 0-81741), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy PY-1 Liberator Patrol Plane in Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX (VB-106), in action against enemy Japanese forces on in the vicinity of New Guinea on 1 May 1944. Lieutenant Seaman made repeated daring strikes against Japanese bases and shipping and destroyed a large transport vessel and 100-foot sampan. Forced into a crash landing, he displayed brilliant airmanship and was able to save the lives of several of his crew. Lieutenant Seaman'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. 332 (November 1944)
Action Date: May 1, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Bombing Squadron 106 (VB-106)

   
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