From a contemporary press report:
Charles D. Allen Jr., 76, a retired Navy Captain who was a defense weapons systems manager, died of a blood disease October 5, 2002, at his home in Charleston, South Carolina.
Captain Allen, a New York native, lived in Alexandria off and on for 33 years before moving to South Carolina in 1996.
He graduated from Yale University in 1946 and received a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University.
He served 28 years in the Navy, commanding destroyers and a cruiser, and earned a Bronze Star while serving off the coast of Vietnam during the war there.
He was a graduate of the National War College and the Armed Forces Staff College.
In 1974, after his assignment on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he retired from active military duty and became a senior vice president of Delex Corp., a defense contractor in McLean. He operated his own defense consulting firm from 1985 to 1998.
He was a charter member of the Surface Warfare Association and a former senior warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Titus of Charleston; four children, Margaret Lizaur of Palo Alto, Calif., Richard Allen of Boston, Nanc Allen of New York and Diana Waller of Alexandria; a sister; and four grandchildren.
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