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First Name: Frank

Last Name: Allen

Birthplace: Cleveland, OH, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Albert

Date of Birth: 19 June 1896

Date of Death: 20 November 1979

Rank: Major General

Years Served:
Frank Albert Allen, Jr.

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Frank Albert Allen, Jr.
Major General, U.S. Army

Frank Albert Allen, Jr. was born on 19 June 1896 in Cleveland, OH. He attended Kenyon College from 1914-17 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve in August 1917.

During World War I, he was an officer in the 77th Field Artillery in France, participating in the Aisne-Marne, St. Michael and Meuse-Argonne Offensives.

Allen was a Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Norwich University from 1921-23 and was Aide-de-Camp to Major General Dennis E. Nolan from April 1926 - July 1933.

He graduated from Command and General Staff School in 1936 and from the Army War College in 1940. 

World War II Service

Allen was a battalion and regimental commander in 5th Armored Division from October 1941 - August 1942. He was Commander of Combat Command "A" in 9th Armored Division from August 1942 - June 1943. He was promoted to Brigadier General in September 1942.

He served as Commander of Combat Command "B" in North Africa June 1943-July 1944 and was Chief of Public Relations at General Dwight Eisenhower's headquarters from September 1944 - July 1945. Allen was Commanding General of 3rd Armored Division July - November 1945.

Retired in November 1956 with the rank of Major General.

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Silver Star Medal (3 Awards)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal (2 Awards)
Purple Heart (2 Awards)

Death and Burial

Major General Frank Albert Allen, Jr. died on 20 November 1979. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2053   Created by: MHOH




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