Lyndall Dean Allen, longtime resident of Clairemont, passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 93 on December 11, 2017. Lyndall (Lyn) was born in Magnolia, Illinois on May 22, 1924 to Carol F.(Lenz) and Lyle J. Allen. The family moved around a lot during his youth and settled in Florence, Alabama in the late 1930’s.
Days after the outbreak of World War ll in December of 1941, Lyn enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent by train from Birmingham, Ala. to San Diego, Ca. for boot camp. Six weeks later he was assigned to the heavy cruiser USS New Orleans. He spent the next three years aboard the New Orleans learning the signalman trade and enduring a number of battles in the South Pacific……”The New Orleans received 17 battle stars for her war service placing her among the most decorated U.S. ships of World War ll “ Just a few of the battles the New Orleans participated in during his first year aboard her in 1942 were The Battle of the Coral Sea in May, the Battle of Midway in June, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August and the Battle of Tassafaronga in November in which the New Orleans was hit by a Japanese torpedo. Suffering heavy casualties and damage but managing to stay afloat she made her way to Sydney, Austrailia for repairs. The next two years were just as harrowing and Lyn's recollections of his time on "THE NO BOAT" were always captivating.
After the war he did some tours in China , visiting a number of ports on the Yangtze River and ended up back in San Diego where he met the love of his life….Millie, they were married in 1951 and except for a three year tour stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii in the mid 1950’s, they lived and raised their three boys in San Diego. Lyn retired from the Navy in 1962 as a Master Chief SMCM and then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service.
Lyn and Millie retired in 1985 and enjoyed many years traveling around the country in their motorhome usually caravanning with friends and family. They made two trips to Alaska and visited just about every other state in their travels.
Lyn was predeceased by Millie, his loving wife of 59 years…brother Tom Allen, and sisters Lila Allen and Lois Barbour. He is survived by his brother Roger Allen, his three sisters, Rena Berry, Marilyn Allen and Shirley Romine, his three sons and their wives, Dennis and Marty, Mark and Vickie and Randy and Katrina, 6 grandchildren, Nina, Trevor, Nick, Scott, Jon and Sara, 3 great–granddaughters, Finnley, Tessa and Piper and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service with Military Funeral Honors will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery..... Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 11:30am..............