|Birth: ||May 29, 1916|
|Death: ||Mar. 22, 2010|
Rear Admiral Allen Alfred Bergner, USN (Ret.), age 93, passed away after a short illness on March 22, 2010, at his residence in Melfa, VA. He was born on May 29, 1916 in Kankakee, Illinois to Alfred Coordes Johannes Bergner and Harriet Hess Bergner. He attended Kankakee High School, Onarga Military Academy, Northwestern University, and St. John's College prior to entering the United States Naval Academy in 1936. While a Midshipman at USNA, Allen excelled at sports. He captained the football and wrestling teams, lettered in football, wrestling, lacrosse, and boxing, and received the Athletic Sword. He graduated on June 6, 1940 as an Ensign.
Allen's first tour of duty was onboard USS WEST VIRGINIA which was sunk during the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Following the bombing, Allen reported to the Commander Submarine Forces Pacific which was the beginning of his submarine career. He commanded the USS S-47, USS SAURY, USS POMODON, and USS ORION, and was Commander of Submarine Squadron SIX. Allen was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations staff, and was Commander, Naval Training Center San Diego. He was the last surviving member of the Board of Inquiry for the USS PUEBLO. In 1969, he became Commander of Service Group Three in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. Interested in education throughout his career, Allen became Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Education and Training in 1970, and he became the Chief of Naval Technical Training in 1971. Among the many medals awarded to him during his career were the Legion of Merit, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, and the Bronze Star with Combat "V".
Allen retired from the Navy after 36 years on July 1, 1972. Besides reading and gardening, his retirement years included many hours spent on the golf course with his entire family. He and his son Jon played golf every morning weather permitting. Sundays were family match days. He enjoyed playing bridge both at the Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club and on the computer. Allen never missed an Atlanta Braves game.
Allen was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Jayne Lorenda Clark of Joliet, Illinois and his younger brother Karl. He is survived by his son Captain Jon Clark Bergner, USN (Ret.) and his wife Debra, his daughter Barbara Bergner Murphy and husband Michael, grandsons Jeff and Greg Bergner and Matt and Ben Murphy.
Allen will be interred at the United States Naval Academy. A memorial service will be held in Annapolis at a date to yet be determined. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to our local SPCA at PO Box 164 Onley, VA 23418 or the Melfa Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 100, Melfa, VA 23410.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.
United States Naval Academy Cemetery
Anne Arundel County
Created by: Joe Killough
Record added: Mar 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50285425
You were the Commanding Officer of the Naval Training Center in San Diego, California when I went to Boot Camp there in 1968. I pay my respects to you and I honor your service to our country. Rest In Peace Admiral Bergner.|
Dan Convery #46800076
Added: Feb. 13, 2012
Thank you for your great service in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace knowing that you truly embodied the ideals of "Duty, Honor, Country."|
Charles A. Lewis
Added: Feb. 4, 2012
Added: Jul. 11, 2011