Simeon L. Allen was drafted into the U.S. Army on August
4, 1941 in Richmond, Virginia with the rank of Private.
In February 1942 he was amongst the first to volunteer
for parachutist duty and was initially assigned to the 505th PIR.
In October 1942 he was reassigned to the
fledgling 508th PIR as a cadre member.
At that time he was still a Private but by June 1943
he had risen to the rank of Staff Sergeant. On June 17, 1943 he
successfully passed various written and oral exams and on July 1st was appointed to the
rank of Warrant Officer, Junior Grade.
Devil's Digest article announcing the appointment.