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army officer

Roderick Random Allen, American army officer.


Allen, Roderick Random was born on January 29, 1894 in Marshall, Texas, United States. Son of Jefferson Buffington and Emma (Albers) Allen.


Bachelor of Science, Texas A. and M. College, 1915, Bachelor of Laws, 1946. University of Toulouse, France, 1919. Graduate Cavalry School, 1923, Commanded and General staff schedul, 1929, Army War College, 1935, Naval War College, 1936.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, 16th United States Cavalry, November 29, 1916, and advanced through the grades to major general, October 29, 1944. Captain 3d Cavalry American Expeditionary Force, France, October 1917-July 1919. Commander combat Commanded A., 4th Armored Division, April 1942-October 1943.

Commanding general 20th Armored Division, October 1943-September 1944. Commanding general 12th Armored Division, September 1944-August 1945. Commanding general 1st Armored Division (Germany), August 1945-February 1946.

Director Operations, Plans and Training for United States Forces, European Command 1945-1947. Director Intelligence, Army Ground Forces, 1947-1948. Commanding general, 3d Armored Division, Fort Knox, 1948-1950.

Deputy chief of staff General Headquarters, Far Eastern Command and United Nations Command, Japan, and chief of staff Korean operations, Japan, 1950-1951. Commanding general XVI Corps, Japan, 1951-1952, 9th Infantry Division, Feb-July 1952, New England Subarea and Boston Army Base and Fort Devens, Massachusetts, July, 1952, till retirement, 1954. Honorary Kentucky Colonel.

Decorations: Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commissioned Ribbon, Distinguished Marksman. Officer Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre with Palm (French). Order of the White Lion and Victory, War Cross (Czechoslovakia).


Clubs: Army-Navy, Army-Navy Country (Washington).


Married Maydelle Campbell, April. Children: Nancy Campbell, Gail Random.

Jefferson Buffington Allen

Emma (Albers) Allen

Maydelle Campbell

Nancy Campbell Allen

Gail Random Allen