Albert was born to Augustus and Elnora Huff in Jackson, Miami on October 12th, 1950.
He attended North Miami Senior High from where he graduated in 1969.
These were the days of the dreaded draft under which you were assigned a number matching your birthdate and awaited the call by lot of your number for active service in the Vietnam War. And so, in 1970, at the tender age of twenty, Allen was drafted into the military.
In December of the same year, at a time when the war had grown very unpopular among the mass of American people, he was consigned to serve as part of the First Calvary in Vietnam. Within five months of his landing there, on April 3rd 1971, he was ambushed by Vietnam Forces while he and his comrades were forming a helicopter landing zone. Receiving fire from Vietnam forces, Allen suffered a gunshot wound to both his legs. The enemy bullet pierced his left leg and went through to his right leg breaking the tibia which caused disruption in the blood flow to the entire right foot. He was flown to DaNang Hospital where his condition was stabilized, but within days had to be admitted to a hospital in Japan, where, unfortunately, his injury became gangrenous resulting in the amputation of his right leg.
In May 1971 Allen was flown back to the the USA. He was admitted to Walter Reid Hospital for continuing care and in December of the same year he was fitted with his prosthetic limb, thus changing his life forever.
In a survey by the Veterans Administration 500,000 of the 3 million troops who served in Vietnam suffer from PTSD. But Allen, the consummate soldier, never surrendered to his physical circumstance. In 1985, deciding to try the game of golf, he purchased a set of second hand clubs and on his own for some years hit around at Miami Shores Golf Course with limited success.
When the PGA launched its HOPE ( Help Our Patriots Everywhere) Program to help the rehabilitation of disabled and wounded veterans through golf, we implemented the Program at Melreese Country Club and in 2016 held our first six week clinics.
It was there that I met Allen and impressed by his enthusiasm to learn and play the game, on the conclusion of the program, I took him under my wing and conducted regular clinics with him.
His progress has been remarkable, so much so, that earlier this year with the sponsorship of Tony Fano he participated in the Armed Forces Invitational Golf Tournament at Doral Golf Resort.
Now every Monday we enjoy a game at Melreese/Interlinks Golf Course.
Allen is a true hero, a fantastic human being – and a good golfer.
Teaching Professional, Melreese/International Links