Alan Wallace joined the Nave in August 1965, he worked as a hospital corpsman while serving in Vietnam. In 1968 after leaving Vietnam he separated from the Navy. Alan began working as an operating room technician at Grant Hospital, he did this for two and a half years. Alan worked in several construction jobs before being employed by the Department of Defense in 1981 as a firefighter at Rickenbacker Air Force Base. He spent 12 years in that position. In 1993 he was transferred to Army post, Fort Myer in Arlington Virginia. After 12 years of service, he retired in October 2003. For the next year and a half, he worked as a tour guide in Washington DC and Arlington Cemetery. In march of 2005 he returned to Ohio and resides in the village of Lithopolis.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Alan was in charge of the three-man crew assigned to the Heliport Fire Station located on the west side of the Pentagon. At 9:03 a.m., American Airlines Flight #77 crashed into the first floor of the west side of the Pentagon. All three of the firefighters were injured but immediately began to do whatever they could to help the injured and fight the fire.