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Freedom Fighters: J.T. Allen

By Joan Hallmark

J.T. Allen admits the biggest body of water he had seen before joining up in 1942 was Lake Texhoma, but he says he was determined to be in the navy.

As an aviation mechanic first class, Allen was assigned to what he describes as a "baby aircraft carrier", the U.S.S. Luga Point, in the Pacific.

Aiding in the invasions of Guadalcanal, Iwo jima and Okinowa and guarding the floating "Jefferson Oil Field", were the Lunga Point's primary assignments although aircraft carriers stay a hundred miles off shore from the land battle, that didn't keep the battle from coming to the ships, in the form of kamakazi, or suicide planes.

In one attack, four kamakazis hit Allen's ship at the same time.

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