Born and raised in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Alan attended college for one year, then enlisted in the US Army and served in the Army Security Agency for three years, from 1960-1963 in Europe. Upon his Honorable Discharge, Alan returned to school and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He entered retail management and direct sales. He and his wife moved to their home outside of Florence in 2003. Alan was one of the original founders of Post 97 and served as adjutant and the third post commander.