David J. Allen, (Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired), of Ozark, Alabama passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the age of 82.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Earl Bankston Memorial Chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark, AL on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11:00am with Dr. Billy Gaither officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. An interment service will also be held at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, ME at a date to be determined.
Allen was born in Brewer, Maine on October 10, 1935. He graduated from Brewer High School In 1954. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, in 1958, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government and was then commissioned through the ROTC program as a second lieutenant. He also held a Master of Arts degree in Management from Central Michigan University.
His military education includes completion of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Airborne, Ranger, Helicopter and Fixed Wing Aviation courses, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.
He served two tours in the Republic of Vietnam during the 1960’s and attended the Command and General Staff College in 1970. After graduating, he was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, to the 1st Cavalry Division in subsequent positions from 1970-1974 as the Division Assistant G3, the G5, Commander of the 5th Cavalry Battalion, and as Division Inspector General.
In 1974, BG Allen served at HQDA/Deputy chief of Staff of Operations in the Aviation Office, Washington, D.C. for two years. In 1977, he graduated from the National War College and served as the G3 of the 2nd Infantry Division, in Korea. He returned to Washington, D.C. in 1978 and served in the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)/J5 as a Strategic Policy Planner on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II Delegation in Geneva, Switzerland.
He commanded the 1st Aviation Brigade at Fort Rucker, Alabama from May 1980 through June 1983. He served as Chief of Combat Development and Force Modernization, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (DCSOPS), HQ, Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Georgia until October 1984.
He served in Korea as the Executive Officer to the Chief, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea/Eighth United States Army, Korea from November 1984 until May 1986. On May 22, 1986 he was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned as the Assistant Division Commander (Support), 2nd Infantry Division until July 1987. He then became the Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 2nd Infantry division, Republic of Korea.
In July 1988, BG Allen became the Chief of Staff/Deputy Commanding General, Installation Activities, Headquarters, First U.S. army and Fort George G. Meade at Fort Meade, Maryland.
BG Allen’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Star Medals, Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Medal, Air Medal (with numeral 51), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (7 Stars), Army Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Korean Meritorious Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross (with Palm), Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal, Department of Army Staff Identification Badge and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Vietnam Jump Wings, and Republic of Korea Master Army Aviator Wings. He was a Master Army Aviator with over 5,100 flight hours, 1,500 of which were in combat.
Upon retirement from the United States Army in 1991, Allen relocated to Ozark, Alabama and worked as a consultant with Serv-Air, Dyncorp and SCCS Inc.
While living in Alabama until his death, Allen was involved with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, the Friends of Wiregrass, the Army Aviation Museum Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ozark Rotary Club, the National Rifle Association and Camp AlaFlo with the Boy Scouts of America.
David J. Allen is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Marion Allen. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Allen of Ozark, AL, two daughters, Tammy Allen of Milford, ME, Carrie Dale of Midlothian, VA one grandson, Alexander J. Dale of Midlothian, VA, a brother, Dr. Arthur Allen and his wife, Bonnie Allen of Brewer, ME, and nephews and a niece.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601. Please indicate “Research” on the memo line of your check or money order.
We were so sorry to learn that David had passed. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. The video was very good. When things settle down would love to talk to you (703) 505-3304. Gods Blessings.
Lynn and LexaLynn HooperAlexandria, VA
Thanks and gratitude for this American Hero's service to our country and to his family for theirs. Our love and hugs to Carrie, AJ and your family, and prayers that your memories of his life well-lived bring you peace and comfort in the coming days.
Stacie & Chris KelleherMidlothian, VA
Dave has done far more than most to make our Army stronger and better. His leadership and mentoring will stand as a positive example to all who knew him. Army aviators everywhere are still benefiting from Dave's service. May he rest in peace.
LTG R Dan PetroskyOzark, AL
A wonderful leader, soldier, mentor and friend. His beautiful smile remains with me. God Bless sir.
Ginny Hotze (SGT Lassor)asheville, NC
Thank you for your efforts to preserve the history and heritage of Vietnam-era Army Aviation. Your contributions both with the AAHF and to my efforts to write a comprehensive branch history will live on.
Dr. Jim WilliamsAnniston, AL
Having only known you since joining Friends of Army Aviation-Ozark in 2013, I have come to love you, respect you and honor you for your service to our country. You will be sorely missed by all. Rest in peace General.
Dy'Adra D. MedlenDothan, AL
The world lost a true hero , admired and respected by all who knew and served with him.
F/O C Troop
Joseph J CrispinoRiverhead, NY
Rest In Peace General--Will See You Again On Fiddler's Green !!
John R NielsenNeversink, NY
A special hero and mentor. May God bless David and his family.
Palmer PennyEnterprise, AL
The best boss I ever had, he taught me to love the great, the good, and in the likeness of Christ to care even more for the worst the Army had to offer for they needed the most help and presented the biggest challenges to our own character thus helping us all to rise. Thank you for your thoughtful leadership and knowing when to let me open the door for you.
My deepest love to Gloria and the girls. Dennis and I hope to one day see you again.
Be thou at peace
COLret and LTC ret Dennis and Karla Donovan and Family
Karla M DonovanLittleton, CO
The country has lost a true hero admired and respected by all who knew and served with him.
F/O C Trp 1966.
Joseph J CrispinoRiverhead, NY
A Hero among Heros! Served with Dave 3\17th to 1\9th 64 to 66. What a pleasure an honor to be in a unit with him. Looking forward to seeing you on Fiddlers Green throw some smoke for me.
To the Family my thoughts an prayers go out.
Jay Doc Hock HockenburyMetamora, IL
Rest In Peace "Red" and thank you for your service.
A Troop, 1/9 Cav 66-67
Steve CohenWarren, NJ
A soldiers soldier, may you rest in peace Sir.
Michael K. MedlenNewton, AL