Abbott, John Edward, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1966-1966, Prisoner of War/Vietnam
Service Years
1945 - 1966
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Home State
Vermont
Vermont
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Burlington, VT
Last Address
San Diego, CA

Casualty Date
Apr 27, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
06E 124

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Last Known Activity

He was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on April 20, 1966. CDR Abbott was reported to have died in captivity 7 days later, on April 27, 1966. He was posthumously promoted to Captain, and his remains were returned to the United States on March 13, 1974 and Identified in April 17, 1974 Capt Abbott is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. 



 
Name of Award
Prison of War Medal
Year Awarded
1966
Details behind Award:
Commander John Abbott (NSN: 0-505134), United States Navy, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from April 20, 1966 until his death in captivity on or about April 27, 1966.
Action Date: April 20 - 27, 1966
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Distiguished Flying Cross X5
Years Awarded
1950
1952
1965
1966
1966
Details behind Awards:
Awarded for actions during the Korean War
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Ensign John Abbott (NSN: 0-505134), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flights in the Korean Theater during the period 4 July to 25 September 1950. As a pilot of a fighter plane, Ensign Abbott participated in thirty-five strike missions over enemy territory.
Action Date: July 4 - September 25, 1950
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade John Abbott (NSN: 0-505134), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement and distinguished leadership while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a fighter aircraft attached to Fighter Squadron FIFTY-THREE (VF-53), based on board the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), during attacks against enemy forces over hostile North Korean territory on 15 January 1952. As Division Leader of a flak-suppression element escorting attack bombers on a strike mission against an important and heavily defended rail and supply center near Yangdok, North Korea, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Abbott preceded the attack bombers into the target area and with utter disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of extremely intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, led his team in repeated bombing and strafing attacks against these anti-aircraft gun positions which were concealed in treacherous mountain terrain. His aggressiveness, courageous leadership and outstanding airmanship enabled his division to suppress the flak so thoroughly that no damage was sustained by the attack bomber elements during their attacks. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Abbott personally destroyed three heavy gun positions and silenced several others. His gallant and untiring devotion to duty was at all time in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: January 15, 1952
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Fighter Squadron 53 (VF-53)
Division: U.S.S. Essex (CV-9)
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander John Abbott (NSN: 0-505134), United States Navy, was awarded a Third Gold Star in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Strike Leader and Pilot of an attack aircraft attached to Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VA-113), in U.S.S. KITTY HAWK (CVA-63), during operations in the Republic of Vietnam against the Viet Cong on 22 December 1965.
Action Date: 22-Dec-65
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Attack Squadron 113 (VA-113)
Division: U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander John Abbott (NSN: 0-505134), United States Navy, was awarded a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Division Leader and Pilot of an attack aircraft attached to Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VA-113), in U.S.S. KITTY HAWK (CVA-63), in operations against a vital bridge in North Vietnam on 20 April 1966.
Action Date: 20-Apr-66
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Attack Squadron 113 (VA-113)
Division: U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander John Abbott (NSN: 0-505134), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in Southeast Asia.
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
   

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 Duty Stations
ONOP NY USNR Aviator Training V-5 ProgUS NavySchool Assignments - StaffVF-53 Iron Angels
USS Essex (CV-9)Helicopter Development Squadron Three VX-3NAS Kingsville TXNAS Olathe
NROTC (Faculty Staff)Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLUSS Valley Forge (CV-45/CVS-45)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR/COTF)CNO - OPNAV/Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC)VX-5VA-113 Stingers
USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)Prisoner of War
  1945-1946, ONOP NY USNR Aviator Training V-5 Prog
  1946-1947, Broken Service
  1947-1949, Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD)
  1949-1952, VF-53 Iron Angels
  1951-1952, USS Essex (CV-9)
  1952-1954, Helicopter Development Squadron Three VX-3
  1954-1955, NAS Kingsville TX
  1954-1955, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Kingsville, TX
  1955-1955, NAS Olathe
  1955-1956, NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1956-1957, Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1957-1959, USS Valley Forge (CV-45/CVS-45)
  1959-1960, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1960-1962, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR/COTF)
  1962-1963, CNO - OPNAV/Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC)
  1963-1965, VX-5
  1965-1966, VA-113 Stingers
  1965-1966, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
  1966-1966, Prisoner of War/Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
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