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Allen was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at UNC.
Before entering the armed forces, he was vice president of the Southern Friction Materials Co. of Charlotte. He also was a member of the Y’s Men’s Club and the Charlotte Cotillion Club.
Allen volunteered for service in April 1942 and was first assigned to duty in Washington, D.C. He was then sent to radar school at St. Simons Island, Ga., and soon afterward was assigned to sea duty in the Pacific.
Allen died in the Japanese bombing of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin. He was awarded the Purple Heart. His cousin by marriage, Lt. Robert E. Abell, 26, also was killed in the attack.
GAA Alumni Records;
Lt. David Anderson Allen is memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii.
A marker to his memory at Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, North Carolina.