WWII Veteran Frank Allen Honored

(left to right) - Allen Young (nephew), David Allen (son), Frank Allen (WWII Marine Veteran) and Chapter President Geoff Baggett

(left to right) – Allen Young (nephew), David Allen (son), Frank Allen (WWII Marine Veteran) and Chapter President Geoff Baggett

Frank Allen, age 97, was the third-oldest surviving U.S. Marine in last year. He thinks he might be at the top of the list today! He still wears his USMC emblem on his collar every day.

Frank joined the Corps in October 1941 and served throughout the Pacific until October 1945. He served in such infamous places as Guadalcanal, Espiritu Santo, Truk, and Peleliu. He was an aircraft mechanic, specializing in propellers. He primarily worked on the Chance-Vought F4U-1 Corsair, although his squadron did have some reconnaissance versions of the B-24. His squadron was famous for flying some of the shortest missions of the war … three minutes from take-off to landing when dropping napalm on the cave entrances of the Peleliu mountains.

Compatriot Geoff Baggett recently had lunch with Mr. Allen, his son, and his nephew, and presented him with the chapter’s Veteran’s Appreciation Medal and Certificate, thanking him for his service.

The F4U1 Corsair, known as "Whistling Death" by the Japanese, the primary aircraft of SSG. Frank Allen's squadron.

The F4U1 Corsair, known as “Whistling Death” by the Japanese, the primary aircraft of SSG. Frank Allen’s squadron.

 

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