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Lieutenant General
Allen Mitchell Burdett, Jr.
Signed photograph of Lt. General Allen M. Burdett, Jr.
Born (1921-08-25)August 25, 1921
Died July 8, 1980(1980-07-08) (aged 58)
Place of birth Washington, D.C.
Place of death San Antonio, Texas
Buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943-1978
Rank Lieutenant General
Service number 0-26048
Commands held see below
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal
Purple Heart
Spouse(s) Antoinette Salley (1948 - 1980) (his death)
Relations Allen M. Burdett, Sr. (father)
Margaret Burdett (mother)
Lucien Burdett (brother)
Allen M. Burdett III (son)
Douglas Burdett (son)
William Burdett (son)
Margaret Burdett (daughter)

Allen Mitchell Burdett, Jr. (25 August 1921 - 8 July 1980) was a United States Army Lieutenant General.

Early life

Allen was born in Washington, D.C. on August 25, 1921, to Allen Sr. and Margaret Burdett. He also had a brother (Lucien). The military ran deep in the blood of his ancestors; they fought in every American conflict since the Revolutionary War. His father, a highly respected military judge, became the Army's senior JAG colonel. As a Boy Scout at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Allen began his lifelong friendship with a future USMA classmate, Arch Hamblen. Upon graduation from Western High School in Washington, DC, in 1939, he was appointed to USMA by Senator Richard Russell of Georgia.


Military service

Dates of rank


Official 1943 West Point Graduation Photo

Personal life

On 19 April 1948, Allen married Antoinette Salley in Asheville, North Carolina. Together they had four children (Allen III, Douglas, William, and Margaret). His daughter was killed in a car accident in 1984. His wife died on April 24, 2008.

After retirement

He continued his work with the Board of Directors of the United Services Automobile Association (USAA). He was a longtime member of the Army-Navy Town Club and the Army-Navy Country Club; as a member of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church, Falls Church, Virginia, he served as a deacon; as a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, he was a ruling elder. He was also a member of the Society of the Cincinnati.


At the age of 58, he died of cancer on 8 July 1980 in San Antonio, Texas after a two-month illness. He was buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.[7]

Awards & decorations

In 1980 he was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Lt. Gen. Allen M. Burdett, Jr. Army Aviation Flight Safety Award was named in his honor in 1970.

The National Boy Scout Court of Honor awarded him the Silver Beaver, one of scouting's highest awards.

The San Antonio chapter of the American Red Cross honored him by establishing a volunteer award in his name.



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