Allen, Kermit, BM2c

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Last Rank
Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, BM-0000, Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) 15
Service Years
1938 - 1945
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wayland, KY
Last Address
Wayland, KY

Casualty Date
Feb 18, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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Underwater Demolitions Team (Enlisted-WW2)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Nitro (AE-2)US Navy
  1939-1940, S1c-0000, USS Nitro (AE-2)
  1940-1943, BM-0000, USS Mccawley (AP-10)
  1943-1943, BM-0000, USS McCawley (APA-4)
  1943-1943, BM-0000, USS President Jackson (APA-18)
  1944-1945, BM-0000, Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) 15
  1944-1945, BM-0000, USS Blessman (APD-48)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 16, 1939, Promoted to S1c
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to COX
  Feb 01, 1943, Promoted to BM2
  Aug 05, 1943, Summary Court Martial
  Jul 19, 2020, General Photos3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 18 February 1945, an enemy bomber identified as a "Betty", came in at 2121, very low over the port quarter, strafing, and scored a direct bomb hit in the USS Blessman's (APD-48) starboard mess hall, above her number one engine room. A second bomb hit her stack, glanced off, and splashed close aboard without exploding. Fire broke out immediately in the mess hall, galley, and troop quarters on the main deck; and the ship lost all power. Heavy smoke forced the abandonment of the number two fire and engine rooms, while a 500-gallon-per-minute portable pump was demolished and all other such pumps were rendered inoperable by the shock. This damage reduced Blessman's crew to bucket brigades and the use of helmets to try to keep the blaze from spreading. Her sailors jettisoned topside ammunition aft, and attempted to clear ammunition from clipping rooms and bedding from troop quarters to halt the fire's spread. At 2250, anti-aircraft and small arms ammunition began exploding, forcing the evacuation of wounded to stern. In all, 40 men were killed.

BM2 Allen was killed in action and buried at sea by his shipmates.

Service number: 2872694

The information contained within this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenWWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1945, World War II Fallen
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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