Allen, Jesse Milton, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
8051-Air Intelligence Officer
Last AFSC Group
Intelligence
Primary Unit
1972-1974, 8051, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
Service Years
1943 - 1974
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Mode, Illinois
Last Address
Biloxi, Mississippi

Date of Passing
Mar 04, 2012
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 1 Site 937-A

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff US European Command Headquarters Air Force Air Force Commander

Air Training Command Master Instructor (pre-1966) WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal




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Last Known Activity
Maj. Gen. Jesse M. Allen, 86, of Biloxi, MS died Sunday, March 4, 2012 in Biloxi.
Maj. Gen. Jesse M. Allen retired as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
General Allen was born in Mode, Ill., in 1925, and graduated from high school in Fisher, Ill., in 1942. He enlisted in the Army of the United States in December 1943 during World War II and served until 1946, attaining the grade of Technical Sergeant.
He had a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University. He has attended the Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
General Allen was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1948 after completing a series of competitive examinations while at the University of Illinois. He entered on active duty in April 1950. After attending pilot training at Connally Air Force Base, Texas, and Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., he received his pilot wings in May 1951.
From August 1951 to February 1953, during the Korean War, he served successively as a jet fighter pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron and Group Operations Officer with the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing in Korea. He flew 151 combat missions in the F-80 Shooting Star.
General Allen returned to the United States in February 1953 and was appointed Gunnery Instructor at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Later he attended Instrument Pilot Instructors School and became Assistant Operations Officer with the 3626th Flying Training Group at Tyndall Air Force Base.
In October 1953 he was transferred to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where he served until September 1956 as an F-84 Thunderstreak pilot, instructor pilot, Squadron Operations Officer and Group Operations Officer. From September 1956 to June 1958, he was Chief, Special Functions Section for the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations for Crew Training Air Force at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and later became Chief, Operations Branch.
In June 1958 General Allen was assigned to the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing at Bentwaters Air Station, England. In March 1959 he was transferred to Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany, as Operations Officer, and later served as Commander of a NATO Special Training Detachment. He returned to the United States in January 1962 to attend the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
From July 1962 to August 1965 he was an Operations Staff Officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. He next was assigned to the 479th Tactical Fighter Wing at George Air Force Base, Calif., as Director of Operations. In September 1966 he again went overseas, this time to be commander of the 555th Tactica1 Fighter Squadron at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. While on this assignment he flew 87 missions in F-4 aircraft.
General Allen returned to the United States and was assigned in August 1967 as a member of a special study group for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. From July 1968 until August 1969 he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He received a Master's degree from The George Washington University during this period. In August 1969 he was transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Research and Development, as Chief, Advanced Systems Branch, in the Directorate of Operational Requirements and Development Plans.
General Allen went to England Air Force Base, La., in July 1970 to command the 4410th Combat Crew Training Wing, which was later replaced by the 4403d Tactical Fighter Wing.
In June 1971 General Allen was named Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for plans at Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, and in April 1972 he became the Deputy Chief of Staff for plans.
General Allen assumed duties as Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, June 15, 1974.
His military decorations and awards included the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation Emblem with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with "V" Device and Oak Leaf Cluster.
He was promoted to the grade of Major General July 1, 1974, with date of rank Feb. 2, 1972.
Major General Allen was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma Allen; and two daughters, Nancy and Emily Allen.
Survivors include his wife Barbara Allen; daughter, Susan Klasing; son, Steven Allen; three grandchildren, Charmaine, Samantha and Jillian; and sisters, Jean Birkey and Mary Rohlfing.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Biloxi Yacht Club on the third floor in the banquet room.
Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.
The Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Sun Herald on March 7, 2012
Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/SunHerald/obituary.aspx?n=Jesse-Allen&pid=156335380#storylink=cpy
   
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World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during the war, and 17 million combatants died. Civilian deaths were ever greater. At least 19 million Soviet civilians, 10 million Chinese, and 6 million European Jews lost their lives during the war.

World War II was truly a global war. Some 70 nations took part in the conflict, and fighting took place on the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as on the high seas. Entire societies participated as soldiers or as war workers, while others were persecuted as victims of occupation and mass murder.

World War II cost the United States a million causalities and nearly 400,000 deaths. In both domestic and foreign affairs, its consequences were far-reaching. It ended the Depression, brought millions of married women into the workforce, initiated sweeping changes in the lives of the nation's minority groups, and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life.

The War at Home & Abroad

On September 1, 1939, World War II started when Germany invaded Poland. By November 1942, the Axis powers controlled territory from Norway to North Africa and from France to the Soviet Union. After defeating the Axis in North Africa in May 1941, the United States and its Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943 and forced Italy to surrender in September. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies landed in Northern France. In December, a German counteroffensive (the Battle of the Bulge) failed. Germany surrendered in May 1945.

The United States entered the war following a surprise attack by Japan on the U.S. Pacific fleet in Hawaii. The United States and its Allies halted Japanese expansion at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 and in other campaigns in the South Pacific. From 1943 to August 1945, the Allies hopped from island to island across the Central Pacific and also battled the Japanese in China, Burma, and India. Japan agreed to surrender on August 14, 1945 after the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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1. The war ended Depression unemployment and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life. It led the federal government to create a War Production Board to oversee conversion to a wartime economy and the Office of Price Administration to set prices on many items and to supervise a rationing system.

2. During the war, African Americans, women, and Mexican Americans founded new opportunities in industry. But Japanese Americans living on the Pacific coast were relocated from their homes and placed in internment camps.

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To ensure that the United States developed a bomb before Nazi Germany did, the federal government started the secret $2 billion Manhattan Project. On July 16, 1945, in the New Mexico desert near Alamogordo, the Manhattan Project's scientists exploded the first atomic bomb.

It was during the Potsdam negotiations that President Harry Truman learned that American scientists had tested the first atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress, released an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Between 80,000 and 140,000 people were killed or fatally wounded. Three days later, a second bomb fell on Nagasaki. About 35,000 people were killed. The following day Japan sued for peace.

President Truman's defenders argued that the bombs ended the war quickly, avoiding the necessity of a costly invasion and the probable loss of tens of thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives. His critics argued that the war might have ended even without the atomic bombings. They maintained that the Japanese economy would have been strangled by a continued naval blockade, and that Japan could have been forced to surrender by conventional firebombing or by a demonstration of the atomic bomb's power.

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