Allen L. Wright
NROTC Student Killed in
Plane Crash Near
Tragic death ended the
career f an outstanding young Sweetwater man Saturday when Allen Leon Wright,
20 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Wright was killed in a Marine lane crash
Young Wright was a transit passenger on the Marine
“Flying Boxcar” which
crashed only a few minutes after taking off from the
All passengers aboard the
plane were members of the Naval ROTC Midshipman’s School and represented the
Allen moved to Sweetwater
The young midshipman proved his ability to be “all-round” when he made the varsity football team at the military school in his sophomore year. Outstanding ability on the gridiron in his junior year led to his being elected captain of the team his senior year. He was also a member of the tract team at the Mid-South school.
Military achievement came natural for Allen, and in his junior year at TMI he was commissioned a lieutenant. In his senior year he was in command of the military battalion with the rank of First Lieutenant Colonel, the first student at attain this high rank.
In November of his senior
year he took the Naval ROTAC entrance examination at
The plane, which carried
the midshipmen to his death, was on of five that was transferring the
students. It had stopped in
Allen is survived by his
parents, one sister, Janie, all of Sweetwater; two grandmothers, Mrs. J.C.
Wright and S.A. Dixon, both of
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