WWII Seabee M.T. Allen - "Quonset Hut" Expert
Marion T. Allen (known as M.T.), now 97 years young, was drafted and joined the Navy Seabees on April 20th, 1943. He had “already graduated from Idalou High School back in 1937.” He noted that “back then, the high school only went through the 11th grade.” At the time he was drafted, M.T. was already married to Mary Jane and they had two children. It would be difficult for the whole family to be separated, as it was for millions of young couples during WWII. He noted that “all I had known was construction”, so he thought the Seabees was the place for him. He had been in construction ever since he got out of high school. M.T. had put those skills to work in California, where he had moved his young family because of the depression.