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USS Edward H. Allen (DE 531)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - F - V


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Specifications:
Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Edward H. Allen (DE 531) Building and Operational Data:
  • 31 August 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 7 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. David H. Clark
  • 16 December 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr M. M. Sanford in command
  • 10 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 26 February 1951: Recommissioned, assigned to NRT, 3rd Naval District, at New York City
  • 9 January 1958: Decommissioned
  • 1 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 5 February 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Edward H. Allen 95k 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 as Executive Officer of 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 on 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.

    USS Edward H. Allen (DE 531) (1943-1958) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Left photo courtesy of the United States Naval Academy)
    (Right photo courtesy of  Lee Allen Comita, grandaughter of Lt. Allen)
    Bill Gonyo /
    John Comita, Jr.
    Edward H. Allen 46k undated wartime image Robert Hurst
    Edward H. Allen 57k
    Edward H. Allen 105k undated post-war image Bill Humienny
    Edward H. Allen 65k undated post-war image Nick Tiberio
    Edward H. Allen 470k 1954: New York Harbor Jacques Alliod
    Munich, Germany
    Edward H. Allen 86k 1956 (U.S. Navy Photo) Werner Grabner
    Edward H. Allen 84k 1956: smoke screen Werner Grabner


    Photos © Werner Grabner
    Edward H. Allen 39k 1956: depth charge
    Edward H. Allen 93k 1956: SS Andrea Doria sinking in background as her crew is brought aboard Allen. (Permission must be obtained to reproduce this photo)
    Edward H. Allen 520k Complete List of Andrea Doria's crew rescued by Edward H. Allen, 1956
    ***Rizzi / E.H. Allen*** 303k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A closer view of Rizzi (DE 537), and Edward H. Allen at the Inactive Ship Basin at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Jim Cunliffe

    View the USS Edward H. Allen (DE 531) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Edward H. Allen
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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