Royal Bertram Allison
Lieutenant General, United States Air Force
a contemporary press report:
Royal Bertram Allison, an Oregon native who rose to the rank of Lieutenant General in the US Air Force, died Tuesday, Octtober 30, 1995 in Walter Reed Army Medical Center of cancer. He was 76.
Genreal Allison flew 90 combat missions in WWII. He was assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and principal military adviser on the US delegation for the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks from 1969 until he retired in 1973. Allison was born April 22, 1919, in Harlan, Oregon. He graduated from Grant High School in Portland and attended Oregon State College until 1941.
He entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served with the 12th Air Force in North Africa, flying the two-engine B-25 Mitchell bomber. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Croix de Guerre with Palm from France.
He married Liliane Doulcaris on January 28, 1945. He served in Morocco, establishing US bases, and was then chief of the policy branch of the US European Command. He taught instructors as the Air Force switched to jet aircraft. He began a series of duties with the chief of staff in 1959 and served at that level and the Joint Chiefs level until he retired. After retirement he lived in Washington, D.C., and was consultant to an airline and an oil company as well as developing his own business interests. He had lived in Palm Beach, Florida, for the last eight years.
Survivors include his wife of Palm Beach; son,
Michael W. of Honolulu; brother, Grant W. of San Rafael, Calif.; and two
grandchildren. He will be buried with full military honors on November
6, 1995 in Arlington National Cemetery. Remembrances should be contributions
to the American Cancer Society.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL ROYAL B. ALLISON
Lieutenant General Royal Bertram Allison is the assistant to the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, for Strategic Arms Negotiations. Additionally, he has been designated by presidential announcement as the principal military member on the U.S. delegation for Strategic Arms Limitations Talks with the Soviet Union.
General Allison was born in Harlan, Oregon., in 1919. He graduated from high school in Portland, Ore., and studied civil engineering at Oregon State College. He entered the Army Air Corps from Oregon State College in July 1941 and received his pilot wings and commission as a second lieutenant at the Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Stockton Field, California, in February 1942.
After graduation from pilot training he was assigned as a flying instructor at the Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Turner Field, Albany, Georgia. In December 1942 he was assigned to Columbia Army Air Base, South Carolina, for tactical and combat training in B-25 aircraft. In April 1943 he joined the 310th Bombardment Group of the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa and remained with the group until the end of World War II. During this period, he flew 90 combat missions in B-25 aircraft and participated in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations campaigns in Sicily, Sardinia, Italy, Corsica and Southern France.
In July 1945 he returned to the United States from Italy and was assigned as a student to the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Upon completion of school, he was assigned to March Field, Calif., where he served as a squadron commander and as deputy assistant chief of staff, A-3, for Twelfth Air Force.
General Allison was ordered to Headquarters U.S. Air Force for duty in the Directorate of Plans and Operations in July 1948. He was transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe in the fall of 1950 and served in various staff positions in the Directorate of Plans and as a member of a team of officers which negotiated for United States air bases in Morocco. In August 1952 he was assigned as chief of the Policy Branch, J-3 Division, Headquarters U.S. European Command.
In October 1954 General Allison returned to
the United States for duty as assistant deputy chief of staff, personnel,
Air Training Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. A year and a half
later, he was assigned as commander of the 3615th Flying
In 1958 General Allison was ordered to Headquarters
U.S. Air Force for duty as assistant for National Security Council affairs,
Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programs. In June 1959 he was assigned
to duty as executive officer to General
He was again assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe as director of plans, in July 1961, and after serving in that position for two years, he became assistant deputy chief of staff, operations. In August 1964 he became deputy chairman for the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Special Studies Group, in Washington, D.C. The Special Studies Group conducts detailed analyses and conceptual studies for the Joint Chiefs of Staff on strategic offensive and defensive forces, general purpose tactical forces, tactical nuclear forces and on other specified subjects.
In June 1967 he assumed the duties of deputy chief of staff for plans and operations for commander in chief, Pacific, Hawaii. In July 1968 he was assigned additional duties as assistant to the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, for Strategic Arms Negotiations, and in July 1969 he returned to the United States to assume these duties with the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, on a full-time basis. He has additional duties as principal military adviser on U.S. Government's Strategic Arms Limitations Talks negotiating team.
General Allison is a command pilot. His military
decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (Air Force Design),
Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier's Medal,
Air Medal with 13 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Metal with
oak leaf cluster and French Croix de Guerre with palm.
Posted: 23 August 2000 Updated: 19 May 2001 Updated: 4 April 2004 Updated: 5 May 2004 Updated: 17 December 2005 Updated: 18 August 2006
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 22 April 2004