Robert S. Allen

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Robert S. Allen
Col. Robert Allen.jpg
Robert S. Allen as a Colonel
Birth name Robert Sharon Allen
Nickname(s) Bob
Born (1900-07-14)July 14, 1900
Latonia, Kentucky
Died 23 February 1981(1981-02-23) (aged 80)
Washington, DC
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch

United States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army

US Army National Guard Insignia.svg Wisconsin Army National Guard
Years of service 1916-1929, 1943-1946
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Unit US3ASSI.svg Third United States Army
6CavRegtDUI.jpg 6th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars Mexican Punitive Expedition
World War I
World War II
Awards Silver Star ribbon-3d.svg Silver Star
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 ribbon.svg Croix de guerre
Spouse(s) Ruth Finney (1929-1980)
Other work Journalist
Author

Robert Sharon Allen (July 14, 1900 – February 23, 1981) was a Washington D.C. correspondent and Washington bureau chief for The Christian Science Monitor.

Allen was born in Latonia, Kentucky. In 1931, with Drew Pearson, he anonymously co-authored Washington Merry-Go-Round (New York, H. Liveright)[1] and More Merry-Go-Round and later wrote the daily column of the same title.

He was a veteran of World War I and served on General Patton's staff in World War II. According to John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr and Alexander Vassiliev in their 2009 book Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America,[2][3] Robert Allen was instrumental in co-opting the recognition of the Soviet Union by the Roosevelt Administration, opening the way for the Soviet Union to be that allied force during World War II.[4]

"In 1933, Allen was a fully recruited and undoubtedly witting Soviet agent. Under the assigned cover name of “George Parker,” he covertly exchanged privileged information for money. He provided the Soviets with intelligence about Japanese military fortifications; news about potential appointments in the incoming Roosevelt administration; and information about the US government’s plans for diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union."

In the early forties he co-wrote the newspaper strip Hap Hopper with Drew Pearson. The strip was drawn by Jack Sparling.[5]

In 1947, he edited the book, Our Fair City,[6] an expose of corrupt conditions in American municipalities. He also wrote Lucky Forward: The History of Patton's Third Army. Papers concerning his military career reside in the George S. Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Allen was a CIA wiretap subject, according to documents released by the agency in 2007.

"Under pressure from Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy" in 1962, CIA director John McCone "agreed to tap the telephones of columnists Robert S. Allen and Paul Scott in an effort to identify their sources for classified information which was appearing in their columns," says a memo[7] a decade later to the agency's director."[8]

He died in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Allen, who had cancer, had ended his journalism career when his illness made it impossible for him to work.

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