- Allen , Roderick Random
U.S. 2* Army Major General. Commander Twelfth Armoured Division.
- 29-01-1894, Marshall, Texas.
- 01-02-1970, age 76, in Washington D.C..
Arlington Cemetery, Virginia USA. Section 1-Grave 145.
Allen , Roderick Random
Roderick Allen, born 29-01-1894 in Marshall, Texas, served in three wars. He was transferred to the Third Cavalry in June 1917, was promoted to Captain on 17-10-1917 and served with the regiment in France in the American Expeditionary Force. His troop and squadron were on remount duty at six locations. From November 1917 to January 1918 Allen was an aerial observer, First Observation Squadron, Aviation Section, Signal Corps, in World War I. During World War II he commanded various armoured units. He commanded the Twelfth Armoured Division in Europe from September 1944 to August 1945. The 12th was nicknamed the "Hellcat Division" for its ferocious advance across Southern Germany. After the war, he served as the commander of the 1st Armoured Division in Italy and Germany. Allen received the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Army Command Ribbon, Distinguished Marksman award, Officer Legion of Honor award, Croix de Guerre with Palm (French), Order of the White Lion and Victory, and War Cross (Czechoslovakia). During the Korean War, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Far East Command and the commanding General of the XVI Corps. He retired from the Army on 31-05-1954, and resided in Washington, D.C, until his death, on 01-02-1970 at the age of 76. He is buried with his wife Maydelle Campbell, who age 76 died on 15-08-1967, on Arlington National Cemetery, Section 1, close to General Follet Bradley (see Bradley). In Section 1, also next to his brother Willistone (see Willistone Parker), Charles Palmer (see Palmer) and Jacob Devers (see Devers).