Naval Academy identifies midshipman found underwater

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A 25-year-old senior has been identified as the victim of a fatal automobile accident that occurred on the Naval Academy grounds over the weekend.

Midshipman First Class Max Allen, 25, of Chesterfield, Va., was an oceanography major at the Naval Academy and was a member of the 1st Company within the Brigade. 

According to academy officials, Allen was a member of the club soccer team and the Italian-American and Japanese-American clubs at the academy.  He attended high school at the Haverford School in Pennsylvania and also attended Virginia Tech for two years prior to being inducted into the Naval Academy. 

Allen was slated to serve in the aviation community as a Naval Flight Officer after graduation and commissioning this May.

"The Naval Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Midshipman Max Allen," said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller in a statement. "It is painful to lose a member of our Naval Academy family, and as we attempt to better understand this tremendous loss, we offer our deepest condolences to Max's family, close friends, classmates and company mates during this extremely difficult time,"

 Allen’s white SUV was discovered Sunday afternoon in College Creek near the Nimitz library on the Naval Academy grounds and his a  body was discovered underwater near the seawall. The vehicle was recovered Monday morning and is being examined by NCIS and Naval Support Activity Annapolis Police as part of the ongoing investigation into the cause and time of the accident.

The Naval Academy said grief counseling will be made available to midshipmen, faculty and staff.

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