During the Battle of Sunda Strait the USS Houston (CA-30) was attempting to sail through the narrow strait, when just after on March 1, 1952, she was spotted and surrounded by multiple Japanese warships. Despite intelligence reports that there were no enemy ships in the area, the cruiser found herself in a desperate battle against an entire Japanese battle fleet. The ship was hit by four torpedoes and close-range gunfire until she rolled over and sank and 1,061 crewmen were lost.
S2c Allen was listed as missing in action. On December 15, 1945 he was declared dead.