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|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.
|46k||undated wartime image||Robert Hurst|
|105k||undated post-war image||Bill Humienny|
|65k||undated post-war image||Nick Tiberio|
|470k||1954: New York Harbor||Jacques Alliod
|86k||1956 (U.S. Navy Photo)||Werner Grabner|
|84k||1956: smoke screen||Werner Grabner
Photos © Werner Grabner
|39k||1956: depth charge|
|93k||1956: SS Andrea Doria sinking in background as her crew is brought aboard Allen. (Permission must be obtained to reproduce this photo)|
|520k||Complete List of Andrea Doria's crew rescued by Edward H. Allen, 1956|
|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|
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