DeSomer, Abraham, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1930-1932, NAS Ford Island
Service Years
1901 - 1946
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Date of Passing
Aug 31, 1974
Location of Interment
San Francisco National Cemetery - San Francisco, California
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Not Specified

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Gun Captain (pre-1969)

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Last Known Activity

Awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of Vera Cruz-

Description of Medal of Honor Action:
In a letter dated 13 June 1914 to DeSomer, Josephus Daniels quoted Admiral F. F. Fletcher's summary of DeSomer's actions on 21 ~ 22 April 1914:

On the afternoon of April 21st, [DeSomer] was placed in charge of a small squad of men and stationed at the corner of a warehouse to eastward of the custom house. His position was subject to a severe fire from the buildings along Avenida Inadero y Cos, and after several hours of well directed fire he silenced it. On April 22d when a general advance began, he was sent ahead to locate and silence fire from snipers. Being an excellent marksman and notably cool, he was especially selected for this work. Later, when two sections of artillery were sent to join Captain Anderson's command, he performed similar services and was almost continually under direct fire from snipers. His services in this connection were of more value than a whole squad.
- Frank Friday Fletcher

Daniels concluded with:

The Department concurs with the opinion of Rear Admiral Fletcher and highly commends your conspicuous courage, coolness and skill, which were in accord with and added to the best traditions of the naval service. ... In addition a Medal of Honor and a gratuity of One Hundred Dollars has been awarded you.
- Josephus Daniels

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After the fall of France in 1940 LT DeSomer returned to active duty and served until 1946. Retiring again, this time as a LCDR
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLUSS Lexington (CV-2)
  1901-1903, USS Yorktown (PG-1)
  1903-1907, GMT-0000, USS Monadnock (BM-3)
  1907-1911, GMT-0000, USS Nebraska (BB-14)
  1911-1915, GMT-0000, USS Utah (BB-31)
  1915-1916, USS Hancock (AP-3)
  1916-1918, USS Montana (ACR-13)
  1918-1919, USS Minnesota (BB-22)
  1919-1921, NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1921-1925, USS California (BB-44)
  1925-1927, NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1927-1929, USS Dobbin (AD-3)
  1929-1930, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1930-1932, NAS Ford Island
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1914 US Occupation of Veracruz3
  1917-1918 World War I
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