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.
Official U.S. Coast Guard Biography:
Edward Carlton Allen, Jr., was born on January 16, 1916, at Portsmouth, Va., where he graduated from Wilson High School in 1931. He Attended the College of William and Mary at Norfolk for two years before entering the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn., with an appointment as Cadet on July 1, 1934. He was graduated from the Academy with a B.S. Degree and a commission as Ensign on June 2, 1938.
His earlier assignments were served at sea on board the Coast Guard Cutter MENDOTA and SEBAGO, both based at Norfolk, Va. He Then served as assistant engineer aboard the Cutter ALEXANDER HAMILTON of Norfolk from July 1941 until that vessel was sunk off the coast of Iceland as a result of an enemy torpedo hit on January 29, 1942, during World War II.
During the remainder of the war period, he served as gunnery officer and navigator on board the attack troop transport LEONARD WOOD in the invasions of North Africa and Sicily, and in the Pacific invasions of the Gilberts, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Palau, Saipan, Leyete Gulf, and Lingayan Gulf. For this service he received the Bronze Star Medal, nine battle stars, and a Navy Unit Citation.
From June 1945 to September 1948, he served as Assistant Commandant of the Cadets at the Coast Guard Academy. During the following year he was Executive Officer of the Cutter DUANE, based at Boston, Mass. After two years of study, he received a Degress of "Juris Doctor" from the George Washington University Law School in October 1951. From there he was assigned to the Legal Division at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C., until June 1952.
The next two years saw him as Legal Officer of the Fifth Coast Gaurd District, Portsmouth, VA. After next command the Cutter SEBAGO in the Gulf out of Mobile, Ala., from August 1954 to September 1955, he became Legal Officer of the Third Coast Guard District, New York. Detached from that post in May 1959, he command two cutters out of New York during the following two years -- the USCGC ROCKAWAY first, then the USCGC SPENCER -- on ocean station patrol in the atlantic.
From August 1961 to August 1962, he was Commanding Officer of the Mederterranean Section, Naples, Italy, following which he was stationed in London as Senior Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Detail Officer, Europe, for two years.
He became Assistant Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy in August 1964. During that tour of duty, the then CAPT Allen was nominated fy the President for the appointment of two-star flag officer on December 15, 1966, and confirmed by the Senate on March 23, 1967, to rank as permanent Rear Admiral from July 1, 1967.
In June 1967, he assumed the duties of the Commander, 5th Coast Guard District, Portsmouth, Va., which includes Coast Guard activities in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. He retired from that post on August 1, 1971.
Following is a resume of RADM Allen's appointments in rank:
RADM Allen holds memberships i the Dictrict of Columbia Bar, the Bar of Military Court of Appeals, the Institute of Navigation of the United Kingdom, the Institute of Marine Engineering, United Kingdom, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, and the Order of the COIF, George Washington University Law School. He was a member of the Staff of the Law Review while attending Law School, and was Company Commander while a Cadet at the Coast Guard Academy.
RADM Allen is married to the former Bernice L. Harrington of Endicott, N.Y. They have four children, Martha, Edward C., III, Roger, and Laurie.