Abbott, George Harold, MM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1944, MM-0000, USS Reid (DD-369)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
MM-Machinists Mate

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Home State
Montana
Montana
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Columbia Falls, MT
Last Address
2205 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA

Casualty Date
Dec 11, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
  1942-1944, MM-0000, USS Reid (DD-369)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Arawe
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Wakde
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Ormoc Bay
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Dec 01, 1943, Promoted to MM2
  May 30, 2020, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Reid (DD-369) was protecting a re-supply force of amphibious craft bound for Ormoc Bay off the west coast of Leyte. At about 1700 hours, twelve enemy planes approached the convoy. The Reid was the nearest ship to the oncoming planes. Planes 1 and 2 were shot down by the 5-inch battery, and Plane 3 exploded about 500 yards off the starboard beam. Plane 4 hooked a wing on the starboard rigging, crashing at the waterline. Its bomb exploded, causing considerable damage forward. Plane 5 strafed the starboard side and crashed on the port bow. Plane 6 strafed the bridge from the port side and crashed off the starboard bow. Planes 5 and 6 apparently had no bombs or their bombs were duds. Plane 7 came in from astern, strafed Reid and crashed into the port quarter. Its bomb exploded in the after magazine, blowing the ship apart. All this action took place in less than a minute. The ship was mortally wounded but still doing 20 knots. As the stern opened up, she rolled violently, then lay over on her starboard side and dove to the bottom at 600 fathoms. It was over in less than two minutes, and 103 crewmen went down with her.

MM2 Abbott was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 6645405

The information contained within this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
   
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1944, World War II Fallen
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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