From a contemporary press report:
Fred C. Allen, 81, an Army transportation officer who retired as a brigadier general in 1971, died of heart ailments August 15, 1998 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Virginia.
General Allen, who lived in Alexandria, settled in the Washington area in the late 1940s. He was born in Vine Grove, Kentucky. He graduated from Western Kentucky University and joined the Army in 1940.
He served in Boston and San Francisco as an embarkation officer during World War II. Postwar assignments included duty in Japan and Korea, where he served as a transportation officer and helped plan the invasion at Inchon.
He had been transportation officer for the Military District of Washington, director of transportation for the Army, and he also served at U.S. Strike Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
He retired after serving two years as assistant to the deputy joint chiefs of staff.
His decorations included a Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and an Army Commendation Medal.
In retirement General Allen developed lakeside property in Kentucky, while living in Alexandria.
His first wife, Rosemary L. Allen, died in 1954, and his second wife, Eunice I. Allen, died in 1996.
Survivors include two children from his first marriage, David Allen of Orlando and Gail Schimberg of Prescott, Ariz., whose twin sister, Gwen Allen, died in 1953; two stepchildren, Joann Meissner of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Richard Forsythe of Los Angeles; 12 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
ALLEN, FRED C., BG, USA (Ret.)
On Saturday, August 15, 1998, beloved husband of the late Eunice I. Allen; loving father of Gail Schimberg and David F. Allen; stepfather of Richard Forsythe and Joann Meissner; brother of Opal Haynes. Also survived by nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. . Funeral service will be held at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8523 Ft. Hunt Rd., Alexandria, VA 22308 on Friday at 1:30 p.m., with interment at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Plymouth Haven Baptist Church.
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