March 10th will be a day to celebrate for Sam Allman.
This week, family members from all across the country will be gathering in Bountiful to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sam Allman together with his 89-year old sweetheart, Carolyn Forsey Allman. The couple has been married for nearly 70 years. They have four sons and one daughter; thirty-six grandchildren and too many great grandchildren to count!
Sam Allman has been a pillar in Davis County for over 40 years. In 1971, along with his four sons, he remodeled the old Clinton Bakery and turned it into a carpet store. Since that time, Allman’s Carpet has installed thousands of floors in the homes and businesses of the citizens of Bountiful and Davis County. Amazingly, he is still intimately involved in his business and can be found six days a week, six to eight hours a day, in Allman’s Carpets sharing his experiences from World War II with any customer, employee or vendor who will listen.
Sam often talks of his experiences in the U.S. Navy from the last world war. He claims he has nine lives. At 90, most of the family is sure that he may really have ten! After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he joined the Navy. Following boot camp, his 35-man unit was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Liscome Bay. Shortly before they were scheduled to sail out to help fight in the Pacific theater, during a line-up, it was asked who could use the typewriter? Sam was the only one who stepped forward. He had taken typing in high school. He was transferred from his unit and given another assignment.
The USS Liscome Bay sailed on its maiden voyage October 21, 1943, with his boot camp unit, but without him. In her first and last battle mission, at 0510, November 24, 1943, near the Gilbert Islands, a lookout shouted: “Here comes a torpedo!” At 0533, the USS Liscome Bay listed to starboard and sank, carrying an admiral, a captain, 53 officers, and 591 enlisted men while 272 of her crew were rescued.
If you stop by his store, Sam will be happy to share with you the story of how he almost lost his life when a Kamikaze fighter plane hit the compartment on the ship on which he was stationed. However, luckily, he was on shore that day in Okinawa at that moment!
His family and friends will honor Sam Allman on his 90th birthday not because of his ability to
acquire more lives, but for his examples of honesty, integrity, industry and kindness. All of those
traits are worthy of emulation. Norman Mailer once said, “The purpose of life is to make a dent.
Sam Allman has certainly made a smash!