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USS ALLEN (DD-66)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEGN

CLASS - SAMPSON As Built.
Displacement 1,071 Tons, Dimensions, 315' 3" (oa) x 30' 7" x 9' 9" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 17,500 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 99.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. on May 10 1915.
Launched December 5 1916 and commissioned January 24 1917.
Decommissioned at New York June 22 1922
and berthed with the reserve fleet until reactivated
June 23 1925. Allen conducted training cruises out of Washington DC .
Decommissioned again at Philadelphia in March 1928 and berthed
with the reserve fleet until recommissioned again on August 23 1940.
Allen operated along the east coast until transferred to the Pacific.
Allen spent WWII patrolling the Hawaiian Islands. Allen was decommissioned
for the last time at Philadelphia on October 15 1945.
Stricken November 1 1945.
Fate Sold September 26 1946 to Boston Iron & Metal, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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Allen 85kWilliam Henry Allen was born in Providence, R.I., on 21 October 1784 and was appointed a midshipman in the Navy on 28 April 1800. Between 1800 and 1807, he served successively in George Washington and Philadelphia. In 1807, he transferred to Chesapeake and, on 21 June, when that ship had her celebrated encounter with HMS Leopard, Allen was credited with firing the only gun discharged in her own defense by the American ship. By 1812, he was first lieutenant in United States and took part in the engagement with HMS Macedonian. At the conclusion of that capture, he was named to command the prize crew which took Macedonian into New York. In 1813, he took command of the brig Argus. On 24 August, he led his ship in the engagement with HMS Pelican during which battle he received mortal wounds. After Argus surrendered to the Pelican, Allen was taken to the hospital at Mill Prison where he died on 18 August 1813. Allen was buried with full military honors at Andrew's Churchyard. During this engagement the British lost 2 men killed and 5 wounded. The Americans lost 10 men killed and 14 wounded.Photo #: NH 56025, Commander William Henry Allen, USN, (1784-1813) stipple engraving by Edwin. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Bill Gonyo
Allen 105kPhoto #: NH 50743. U.S. Navy destroyers at Queenstown, Ireland, 1918 pen and ink drawing by Burnell Poole. The ship at left is USS Allen (Destroyer # 66).Paul Rebold
Allen 50kOil painting by Burnell Poole, depicting USS Allen (Destroyer # 66) escorting USS Leviathan (ID # 1326) in the War Zone, 1918. The original painting measures 60" x 33". Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center PhotographPaul Rebold
Allen 55kPhoto #: NH 57795, USS Allen (Destroyer # 66) in Bantry Bay, Ireland, 1918. Note her "dazzle" camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Allen 71kPhoto #: NH 85720, USS Allen (Destroyer # 66) at Queenstown, Ireland, 1918. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1977. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Allen 59kPhoto #: NH 57793, USS Allen (Destroyer # 66) moored with other U.S. Navy destroyers at Queenstown, Ireland, 1918. Note Allen's "dazzle" camouflage scheme. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Allen 77kPhoto #: NH 57794, USS Allen (Destroyer # 66) view on board the ship, looking aft along the starboard side from her bridge wing, while she was at sea in 1918. Several other destroyers are in the distance. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Allen 64kCirca 1922, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Allen 124kOff Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii 17 December 1942. The sole "thousand tonner" to survive long enough to see WW2 service, the Allen was based out of Pearl Harbor and used for training and anti-submarine defense. Depth charge projectors replace two of her original four triple torpedo tubes and she has been augmented with 20mm guns. An open bridge is atop her pilot house and she has been received additional splinter shielding, "just in case".Paul Rebold
Allen 145kPhoto #: NH 45518, USS Allen (DD-66) underway off Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, 17 December 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Allen 127kPhoto #: NH 45519, USS Allen (DD-66) underway off Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, 17 December 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Allen 127kPhoto #: NH 45520, USS Allen (DD-66) underway off Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, 17 December 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Allen 62kOff Oahu, circa 1944. Note that she has retained her 4" guns, has six depth-charge projectors aft, torpedo tubes, an air search radar at her foremast, and has her hull number (66) painted on the forecastle deck. U.S. National Archives photo # 80-G-276896.Robert Hurst
Allen 37kShown after WW2 awaiting disposal. Her forward 4" gun has been removed with only the shield and mount remaining.USN

USS ALLEN DD-66 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Samuel Woods Bryant    Jan 24 1917 - Apr 1917 (Later RADM)
CDR Frederick Paul Williams    Aug 23 1940 - Nov 1941
CDR Daniel Byrd Miller    Nov 1941 - Sep 28 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Parke Howle Brady    Sep 28 1942 - May 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Homer Nielson    May 1943 - ?

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Arthur J. Reinhard
Address: 24A Calle De Elvira, Freehold , NJ 07728
Phone: 732-308-1301
E-mail: artiejr@optonline.net


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Naval Historical Center Pearl Harbor Action Report
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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