Lt. Colonel Albert L. Allen, Jr.
February 26, 1920 ‒ August 14, 2004
MANSFIELD: Albert L. Allen, Jr., 84, of Woodland Road, Mansfield, died Saturday evening August 14, 2004, in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.
He was born February 26, 1920 in Mansfield to Albert L. “Cap”, Sr. and Beulah B. Allen, and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1938.
After two years of college, Albert volunteered for the US Army on January 29, 1941, and was assigned Company C. 192nd Tank Battalion, Fort Knox, Kentucky. His battalion was deployed to the Philippine Islands, arriving in November of 1941.
Surviving the infamous Bataan Death March, Albert spent 3½ years as a POW on various details in the Philippines and Mukden, Manchuria. He was liberated by the Russians in August of 1945.
Honorably discharged in April of 1946 as a Staff Sergeant, Albert was awarded the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, three Presidential Citations, and numerous campaign medals.
On July 13, 1946 he married Nancy (Cox) Allen, who survives.
Following WWII, he returned to college, and earned his Bachelors Degree from the College of Wooster in 1948. That year he founded A. L. Allen Insurance Agency, and in 1980 merged with the Lloyd Young Agency, before his retirement in 1985.
Shortly after active duty, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve and served 24 years. He retired in 1973 as Lieutenant Colonel.
What he could do for his fellow veteran and country was his purpose in life. Albert had been an active member and supporter of many veterans’ organizations in the Mansfield area. He was a life member of Earl D. McVey American Legion Post #16, Alfred I. Harrington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3494, AMVETS Post #26, DAV, Order of the Purple Heart, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, American Ex-Prisoners of War and Reserve Officers Association. He was also a member of the 40et8 and Mansfield Community Memorial and Patriotic Association.
In 1973 Albert was appointed as a trustee of the Mansfield Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, and devoted years of his attention, nearly full-time since his retirement, to assist the restoration and renovation of the 100+ year-old building.
As a former Commissioner of the Richland County Veterans Service Commission, service and assistance for the local veterans were his main goals.
Albert was Past President of the Mansfield Insurance Board, Mansfield University Club and Richland County Reserve Officers Association. He was a former member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church, and a former member of Mansfield Rotary Club.
In 1971 he received the Mansfield Rotary Club’s Citation “Man of the Hour” for his distinguished service as chairman of “Project Humanity” and his years as chairman of the Military Affairs Council of the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Vice Commander of the Richland County Joint Veterans Council.
Albert was inducted in the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 1997, and in 2004 he was inducted into The Ohio Military Hall of Fame.
Nearly every veterans organization in Richland County had been touched by his support, as had the community in general, as Albert had exhibited loyalty and dedication coordinating annual Veterans Day parades and ceremonies ~ for nearly 40 years. To that end, the Richland County Veterans Service Center has been renamed The Lt. Colonel Albert L. Allen Veterans Service Center, in his honor.
In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Thomas S. and Mary Louise Allen of Winter Springs, Florida; his daughter and son-in-law Suzanne E. and Gordon Griggs of Westerville; five grandchildren Robb Allen and Ryan Allen of Winter Springs and Marianna and Brant Griggs of Westerville and Roland Griggs of Mount Vernon; three sisters-in-law Carolyn Colby of Fairview Park, Mary Slabaugh and Emily Beard Herrick of Mansfield; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 17, 2004 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 am. The Rev. Bruce Morrison will officiate, along with Gib Frontz, Veteran’s Representative, presenting a memorial tribute. Burial will follow in the Veterans Honor Grounds of Mansfield Cemetery, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Council will hold graveside military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to the Richland County Joint Veterans Council, Mansfield Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, Scholarship Fund of the Korean War Veteran’s Association Chapter #51, or the Cancer Care Center of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, and may be made at the funeral home.