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We searched the National Archives Catalog and identified the series Comprehensive Case Files of Former Inmates Incarcerated at U.S. Penitentiary, Alcatraz, California in the Records of the Bureau of Prisons (Record Group 129) that includes records from ca. 1910 - ca. 1988, but we were unable to locate a file for Jasper Allen within the series. These records have not been digitized. For information about and access to them, please contact the National Archives at San Francisco (RW-SB) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, we located the series Special Court Martial Orders Concerning Alcatraz, 1917-1932 and the series Orders, Circulars, Memoranda, and Other Records of Various Army Commands and Field Installations, 1920-1939 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that may contain some relevant information. We also located the series Orders and General Correspondence, 1/1872-6/14/1934 in the Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands (Record Group 394) that may be of interest to you since it includes sick reports and morning reports for the period when Alcatraz was under the control of the War Department. These records have not been digitized. For information about and access to them, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com. In addition, we suggest that you review these other series related to the War Department. Alcatraz Island, California. 11/6/1850-1934 in the Catalog.
Plus, we located the series Correspondence, Reports, Telegrams, Applications, and Other Papers Relating to Burials of Service Personnel, 1/1/1915-12/31/1939 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that includes a file for Allen, Wade Haskel which references a “Mrs. Jasper Allen” on image 26 and image 28. This file has been digitized and may be viewed online via the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with these records.
If you have more information about your great-great uncle’s military service (e.g. the branch of the military in which he served, the time period of his enlistment, etc.), then you may be able to request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
In addition, we located the series Official Military Personnel Files, 1885-1998 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that contains 11 files for individuals with variations of the name Jasper Allen. The series Official Military Personnel Files, 1905-1908 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) includes 3 files for individuals with variations of the name Jasper Allen, too. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RL-SL for more information about these records.
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Thank you for all the information. We have determined that his name was Jack Allen -and Jasper "Jap" was a nickname.
We will continue working on our search.
Do you have any additional information on him place of birth, DOB? Here are some men with the last name Allen I found in RG 129. Read document below I actually think that your guy is Jack Allen "aka" Jasper Allen.
ALLEN, HANK NMN - Alcatraz Number 952
Trusty Flees Alcatraz, Swims for S.F. Shore
Smearing his body with grease, a "trusty" army prisoner on Alcatraz Island slipped into the bay last night in an attempt to escape by swimming to the San Francisco shore.
That was the theory of Colonel G. Maury Cralle, commanding officer of the prison, when the man's clothing was found on the island at the water's edge. A small amount of grease still remained in a pocket of the convict's trousers.
The man is Jack Allen, alias Jasper Allen, 23, serving three years for housebreaking and larceny while attached to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He was received at Alcatraz May 27, 1929. He is believed to be wanted by civil authorities on burglary charges when his term expires.
Allen was a "parole" prisoner, working outside the walls, and required to report in by 8:30 p.m. Ferry boat crews were asked to keep a lookout for the man, while his description was broadcast to police and Sheriffs of nearby cities.
Colonel Cralle took charge of the search at Alcatraz, while the prison launch steamed around the bay through the night. Allen has black hair, gray eyes, weighs 134 pounds and is 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 24 June 1930, page 1.
I do think his name may have been Jack Allen. According to the 1910 census he was 1 years old and living with his family in Lawrence County, Indiana. In the 1920 they have moved to Knox County, Indiana and they have him listed as 11. We couldn't find anything about him in the 1930 census.
My husband also thinks he may have lied about his age to join the service.