PORTSMOUTH, VA -- Retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Edward Carlton Allen Jr., 83, a former commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District, died Nov. 5, 1999, at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center.
Adm. Allen, a native of Portsmouth, retired from the Coast Guard in 1971 after a 33-year career. He subsequently served as senior vice president and trust officer of American National Bank from 1971 to 1977.
A graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, his first duty was in 1938 as a young officer on the Coast Guard cutter Mendota, based at Norfolk. This was followed by duty on the cutters Sebago and Hamilton, also operating out of Norfolk. While serving on the Hamilton on convoy duty in the North Atlantic after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he survived the torpedoing and loss of the ship by a German U-boat off Iceland in January 1942. He served the remainder of World War II aboard the Leonard Wood, APA-12, flagship of the Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet, and later flagship of Amphibious Squadron 20 in the Pacific, carrying an assault division of Marines. It was during the two years prior to the latter, 1943-1945, that he participated in nine amphibious assault landings in the Pacific as navigator. Prior to this and in the Atlantic, he participated in the amphibious invasions of North Africa and Sicily.
During his career, he served two tours of duty at the Coast Guard Academy, as well as on the naval staffs of Naples, Italy and London, England. He also served as commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutters Sebago, Rockaway and Spencer.
Adm. Allen was a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he was awarded the degree of Juris Doctor with honors in 1951. He was a member of the bar of the District of Columbia, the Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.
He was a lifelong member of Monumental United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee and member of a number of boards. He was a 32-year member of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. In 1987, Adm. Allen was selected as one of a group of "Portsmouth Notables" who were honored as outstanding achievers born or reared in the city. He was past national director of the Coast Guard Academy Foundation and received the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1993.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Bernice Harrington Allen; two daughters, Martha A. Phillips of Portsmouth and Laurie A. Berkem of Miami, Fla.; two sons, Edward C. Allen III of Portsmouth and Roger H. Allen of Yorktown, Va.; a sister, Jacquelyn A. Clarke of Portsmouth; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Interred at Oak Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth.