James Burroughs Allen
James Burroughs Allen
  • May 18, 1933 - April 26, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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Major General James Burroughs Allen, Jr., U.S. Army (Retired)

May 18, 1933 - April 26, 2017

COLUMBIA - Major General James Burroughs Allen, Jr., age 83, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Lexington Medical Center.

Jim was born on May 18, 1933 in Conway, SC. He was the son of the late James Burroughs Allen and Mae Revels Allen. He attended public schools in Conway and was an active participant in high school athletics. After graduating from high school in 1951, he was awarded a football scholarship to Presbyterian College (PC). While at PC, he was a member of the ROTC, Scabbard and Blade, Block P Club and Sigma Nu Fraternity. Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and upon graduation was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (Infantry) in the United States Army. His military education included completion of the Infantry School, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.

In November 1959, while serving as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General at Fort Jackson, SC, Jim met Jo Lynn Huffman, a student at the University of South Carolina. Following her graduation, they were married on June 3, 1961.

A combat veteran serving two tours in South Vietnam, he held a wide variety of important command and staff positions culminating in his assignment as Deputy Commanding General, VII (US) Corps and Community Commander Greater Stuttgart Military Community. Other key assignments include service on the International Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe; Pacific Area Operations Officer, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Director of Army Training, The Army Staff; Logistical Plans and Operations Officer, First Field Forces South Vietnam; Commander, Special Troops, Eighth United States Army, Korea; Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Training Center & Fort Jackson and Commanding General, First Infantry Division (Forward), Germany.

Awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), five Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and the Army General Staff Identification Badge. His foreign awards include: the Federal Republic of Germany Ehren Kreuz der Bundeswehr in Gold (Honor Cross in Gold), the highest German Army peacetime award; the Federal Republic of Germany Meritorious Service Medal with Star; the South Vietnamese Medal of Honor, 1st Class, South Vietnam; and the Philippine Army Parachutist Badge.

After serving in the United States Army for 35 years, Jim retired in December 1990. Following Jim’s retirement from the Army, he worked ten years for the SC Employment Security Commission. In addition to developing and managing a State Military Transition Assistance Program to place veterans and soon-to-be veterans in jobs, he also administered a Military Assistance Counsel of fourteen State and Federal agencies to include liaison with the SC Military Base Commanders. During his time with the Employment Security Commission and in the years to follow, Jim helped establish the Troops-to-Teachers program with four state universities. Beginning in 1996, he was instrumental in starting the Military Magnet Academy in Charleston, SC, which was the first school of its kind in the nation.

Jim received the Alumni of the Year Award (The Gold P) from Presbyterian College in 1989 and was inducted into the Presbyterian College ROTC Hall of Fame in 1993.

He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed playing golf, attending and watching sporting events and spending “quality” time with his family. Above all, he loved his family and country. He was active in the American Legion Post 182 and a long-time member of Shandon United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Jo Lynn Huffman Allen; their three sons, James Burroughs Allen III (Shelley) of Columbia, SC, Joseph Thomas Allen (Angela) of Columbia, SC and Jeffrey Lynn Allen (Jacqueline) of Elgin, SC; three grandchildren, Jamison Anna, Jefferson Jared and James Burroughs IV; brothers Dr. Ed Allen, Lt. Col. (Retired) Jon Allen (Shirlee), sister Jo Ann Hall; and a special cousin Bill (Herby) Allen. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Carey and Franklyn Huffman; a sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Leslie Patterson; and a brother-in-law, Frank Hall.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Steve Madden and his Oncology Team, the 8th Floor Nursing Staff and Dr. Carol Choe and the ICU Staff at Lexington Medical Center.

Jim (aka Pa Pa/Pops, The General) will forever live in our hearts.

Family will receive friends Monday, May 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street. Services will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at 12:30 p.m. at Shandon United Methodist Church, with burial to follow at Fort Jackson National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Army Emergency Relief or a charity of your choice.