Abbott, William Edwin, AD3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AD-0000, Crew 18, VPB-104 (Screaming 104)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Peoria, IL
Last Address
1306 North University
Peoria, Ill
(mother: Lillian Dell Abbott)

Casualty Date
Dec 12, 1944
Hostile, Died
Other Cause
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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US Navy
  1943-1944, AD-0000, Crew 18, VPB-104 (Screaming 104)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
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  Oct 04, 2015, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class William Edwin Abbott (NSN: 7550232), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as a Member of the Crew of a Navy Patrol Plane in Patrol-Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED FOUR (VPB-104). On 12 December 1944, Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class Abbott, as first mechanic on a Navy Liberator on armed combat patrol, penetrating a thousand miles into enemy territory over northwest Borneo, salvaged enough fuel from a gas line tank pierced by savage enemy fire, to enable his plane to return to its base. In so doing he braved intense fumes, until unconscious, he fell to his death. He thereby sacrificed his life for those of his fellow crew members. His action showed undaunted courage, fierce tenacity, an absolute disregard for personal safety and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: VPB-104 File P15 MM: Serial 051 (December 22, 1944)
Action Date: 12-Dec-44
Service: Navy
Rank: Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class
Company: Patrol-Bombing Squadron 104 (VPB-104)
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenWWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2014, World War II Fallen
  2015, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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