In Memory of
Navy PhM 3C
Isaac Kenton Allum
Gregory, South Dakota
October 11, 1925 – February 19, 1945
Killed in Action at Iwo Jima
Kenton Allum was born Sunday, October 11, 1925, at 11:30 PM in Gregory, South
Dakota. Although the first to have been born in a hospital, Isaac was the sixth
child of Claude E. and Grace Mabel Allum. Isaac was named after his grandfather
and his great-grandfather. Isaac went by the name of Kenton while he was
growing up and going to school in Herrick, South Dakota. Kenton graduated on
May 20, 1943, as Valedictorian of his class.
provided some information about “Kent,” as he was called. Ruth-Jane and Shirley
both remember Kent as caring and thoughtful of other people. Shelia Mae
remembers, “Kent helped me with a story for school. It featured a person named
Reddy-Who. He later bought me a little stuffed bear that I named Reddy-Who.” His
late sister Wilma, closest to Kent in age, had once written that “Kent was a
volunteered for the Navy on November 4, 1942, while he was still a senior, and
attended Sioux Falls College until he was called to service. On December 26,
1943, Kenton entered the service and took his training at the U.S. Naval
Training Station at the Great Lakes, Illinois.
5, 1944, Kenton Allum was recommended for the Navy Hospital Corps. Allum was
then sent to the U.S. Naval Training Station at Bainbridge, MD, where he
achieved exceptional grades in classes and received a rating of S 2/C; on April
7, 1944, S 2/C Allum graduated from the U.S. Naval Hospital Corps. After further
service, training, and testing, Allum was awarded the rank of Pharmacist Mate
3/C and was assigned to the USS Newberry, stationed at San Francisco,
California. Before embarkation, Allum was able to see his mother in October of
was sent to the Pacific where he was able to see his brother, Kermit, a Marine
stationed in Honolulu.
On July 19,
1945, Shirley Hudlicky, Kenton Allum’s sister, received this message:
19 February 1945, a Platoon from the Newberry
landed on Iwo Jima, a
reconnaissance group early in the assault. It was the fourth wave from the
The platoon was immediately confronted with heavy mortar fire from the
enemy after landing. Around noon, answering a cry for “corpsman”, Allum
went to help and never came back.
The body of
Navy PhM 3C Isaac Kenton Allum was never found. Memorial markers are in the
family plot in Herrick, SD, cemetery, and at the National Cemetery of the
Pacific in Honolulu. At Punchbowl Crater, Allum’s name is engraved among the
18, 093 servicemen “whose earthly resting place is known only to God.” There is
also a marker at the Military Cemetery in Sturgis, SD, and in Iwo Jima. For
citations, Isaac Allum was awarded posthumously the Purple Heart, the World War
II Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.
of Isaac Kenton Allum received a box containing his personal effects on October
21, 1945. His sister, Shirley, remembers
I can witness that it was a sad time, as the
box was unpacked.... Isaac K. Allum, an
innocent man of 19 years, was cut down in his youth never to realize his full
leaving a hole in the family where he has been greatly missed but never
Kenton Allum was a great sailor. He gave his live for his country. We will
always remember him as a great sailor who sacrificed his life for the United
This entry was respectfully submitted by Chrissy Antuna, 8th
Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, November 3, 2000.
Information for this entry was provided by Mrs. Shirley E. Hudlicky, Vancouver,
Washington, sister of Navy PhM 3/C Isaac K. Allum.