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Allen, David Melman

Rank and Name, Water Tender First Class David Melman Allen.

Unit/Placed in, USS Duncan (DD-485) Destroyer, United States Naval Reserve.


A watertender is a crewman aboard a steam-powered ship who is responsible for tending to the fires and boilers in the ship’s engine room. Alternative terms include fireman and stoker.


David is born on My 18, 1902 in Bunnlevel, North Carolina.


Father, Julius B. Allen.

Mother, Ella J. Allen.

Sisters, Ellen M. and Prudence E. Allen.

Brothers, Julius C. and Floyd M. Allen.


David enlisted the service in North Carolina with service number # 2611997.



David was KIA during the battle of Cape Esperance, sunk when hit several times, crew tried to beach the ship at Savo Island, but failed ,on Oct 12, 1942,  he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon,  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


David is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/485.htm Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

USS Duncan (DD-485) Destroyer
Location Wreck
His rank Watertender First Class