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- Papers, 1918-2012, of Joseph E. Allen (1896-1981) of Richmond, Virginia, including a scrapbook documenting his military service with the 116th Infantry during World War I, as well as certificates, clippings, Legion of Valor materials, newsletters, issues of "VFW" magazine, and an inscribed copy of "Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-1955."
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- Joseph Elliott Allen was born in Richmond, Virginia on 9 March 1896. He fought in France in World War I as a corporal with the 116th Infantry, known as the "Richmond Grays." He was wounded in battle and received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Croix de Guerre, and a Purple Heart. In 1921, Governor Westmoreland Davis selected Allen as one of three ex-servicement to represent Virginia at the burial of the unknown soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Allen served as clerk of the Richmond Civil Court in 1923 and held the position for 50 years, retiring in 1973. He was married to Hazel Vivian (Shinault) Smith Allen (1898-1956), Richmond's first woman magistrate. Joseph E. Smith died on 14 February 1981 and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
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