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Right Ship's patch courtesy of Mike Smolinski

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

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.
  • 07 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. David H. Clark
  • 16 December 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr M. M. Sanford, USN in command
  • 27 January - 29 February 1944: Conducted shakedown training at Bermuda, B.W.I.
  • 08 March - 19 June 1944: Served as School Ship, Miami Straits area, training officers and DE nucleus crews
  • 19 June 1944 - December 1944: Served as School Ship, Chesapeake Bay area, training officers and DE nucleus crews
  • December 1944 - June 1945: Served as School Ship, Miami Straits area, training officers and DE nucleus crews
  • 27 October 1945: Took part in the Navy Day celebration at Boston, Mass.
  • 10 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 26 February 1951: Recommissioned, assigned to NRT, 3rd Naval District, at New York City
  • 09 January 1958: Decommissioned after 6 years and 10 months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 9 years and 3 months of service
  • 05 February 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Edward H. Allen 95k Edward Henry Allen was born 02 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 07 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
    Downey, Cal.
    John Comita, Jr.
    Edward H. Allen 46k undated wartime image Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Edward H. Allen 455k 01 July 1945: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Edward H. Allen (DE 531) underway slowly in Casco Bay, near Portland, Maine. During the month of July 1945 Edward H. Allen was undergoing training and experimental exercises under the purview of Commander, Task Force 69.
    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-25498 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.

    Chris Wright
    Ocean City, N.J.
    Edward H. Allen 150k 09 August 1945: USS Edward H. Allen (DE 531) underway slowly in Casco Bay, Maine.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-332953 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Edward H. Allen 105k undated post-war image Bill Humienny
    Edward H. Allen 65k undated post-war image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    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
    Edward H. Allen 149k undated: Philadelphia, Pa. - USS Edward H. Allen (DE 531) moored at the Inactive Ship Basin at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Either Willis (DE 395) or Gunason (DE 795) is moored to her port side
    (U.S. Navy photo from the Ted Stone Collection; courtesy of the DE Historical Museum)
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    ***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
    Frederica, Del.

    Edward H. Allen History
    View the USS Edward H. Allen (DE 531) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Edward H. Allen as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Edward H. Allen's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 16 Dec. 1943 17 Jul. 1944Cmdr. Merrill Merritt Sanford, USN (USNA '36) (New York City, N.Y.) (Comm. CO)
    2.) 17 Jul. 1944 10 Nov. 1945Cmdr. Frank W. Auld, USNR (Miami, Fla.)
    3.) 10 Nov. 1945 30 Nov. 1945Lt. Peter N. Larsen, USNR (Indianapolis, Ind.)
    4.) 30 Nov. 1945 -Lt.(jg) Kenneth A. Warren, USNR (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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