George B. Allen
Merchant Marine. American
Roster information listed for George B. Allen
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|American||Steam merchant||Chief Mate||11 Jun 1942||U-504|
of Oakland CA
Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal Award Citation:
A torpedo struck the stern of his ship demolishing the rudder and propeller, blowing the steering engine through the top of the after house, and wrecking the crew's quarters. He formed a rescue party which, while the ship was sinking, went aft into the wreckage of the crew's quarters below the main deck and carried out five injured men trapped in the wreckage.
His extraordinary courage and disregard of his own safety in thus rescuing members of his crew will be an enduring inspiration to seamen of the United States Merchant Marine everywhere.
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