George Allen was born on 17 January 1916 in Huntsville, Alabama. George joined the US Army on 11 January 1944 and completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training as an infantry rifleman. PFC Allen served in the Italian Theater of War in the Rome-Arno, the North Apennines and the Po Valley battles. During this time, he earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor, the Army Commendation Medal with V for valor, and the Purple Heart for combat wounds. George Allen was discharged from the service on 14 October 1945 and returned to the Huntsville area.