On October 12, 1941, a fire started in a dynamite and ammunition shed, near the Japonski end of the Ft. Ray causeway. The Fort Ray U.S. Army Firefighting detail was called, responded, and were manning the fire truck when the shed and content exploded. This explosion resulted in the death of Captain Francis Allen and 4 firefighter service men. It also caused injuries to many other service people and civilians on the island.
This firefighter line of duty fatality occurred before the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial was built in Emmitsburg, Maryland. While this firefighter has not been officially honored at the Memorial site, there are plans to do so when resources are available.