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Reuben Byrdie Allen
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Birth: Oct. 9, 1924
Death: Jan. 3, 1944, At Sea

Seaman 2nd Class, Reuben B. Allen MIA/KIA
Hometown: Oakville Kentucky
Service # 8643240
Captain: Lt/Cdr. Henry S. Wygant Jr. MIA/KIA

Ship: USS Turner (DD-648)(Explosion)
Mission: convoy duty
Loss Date: 3-Jan-1944,
Location: off Ambrose Light
Fate: suffered a series internal explosions caused her to capsize and sink
Complement: 16 officers, 260 enlisted

Following ten days in port, the warship conducted ASW exercises briefly at Casco Bay before returning to Norfolk to join another transatlantic convoy. She departed Norfolk with her third and final convoy on 23 November and saw the convoy safely across the Atlantic. On 1 January 1944, near the end of the return voyage, that convoy split into two parts according to destination as Turner's previous one had done. Turner joined the New York-bound contingent and shaped a course for that port. She arrived off Ambrose Light late on 2 January and anchored.

Early the following morning, the destroyer suffered a series of shattering internal explosions. By 06:50, she took on a 16 starboard list; and explosions, mostly in the ammunition stowage areas, continued to stagger the stricken destroyer. Then, at about 07:50, a singularly violent explosion caused her to capsize and sink. The tip of her bow remained above water until about 08:27 when she disappeared completely taking with her 15 officers and 123 men. After nearby ships picked up the survivors of the sunken destroyer, the injured were taken to the hospital at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. A United States Coast Guard Sikorsky HNS-1 flown by Lieutenant Commander Frank A. Erickson the first use of a helicopter in a life-saving role flew two cases of blood plasma, lashed to the helicopter's floats, from New York to Sandy Hook. The plasma saved the lives of many of Turner's injured crewmen. Turner's name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 8 April 1944.

Seaman Allen appears Tablets of the Missing East Coast Memorial New York City. He also has a cenotaph memorial Berea Christian Cemetery Russellville Logan County Kentucky his body was never recovered.

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East Coast Memorial
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: ShaneO
Record added: Feb 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84849623
Reuben Byrdie Allen
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