Abbott, George H., MM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 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
Seattle, Washington
Last Address
USS Reid (DDG-369)

Casualty Date
Dec 11, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

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 Duty Stations
  1942-1943, MM-0000, USS Mount Vernon (AP-22)
  1943-1944, MM-0000, USS Reid (DD-369)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
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Last Known Activity
Son of Paul H Abbott and Nina E Middlekauf Abbott, whom resided in Seattle, Washington at the time of his death. His siblings included Robert K and Catherine L Abbott. 

He was inducted into the US Navy on 23 May1942 in Washington, after which time he went through Basic Naval Training. Upon completion, he was initially assigned to the USS Mount Vernon. After a tour on the Mount Vernon, he was then assigned to the USS Reid on 31 Mar, 1943. MM2 Abbott remained on the Reid for the duration of his Naval tour of duty until his death. 

The USS Reid was a Mahan-class destroyer in the United States Navy before and during World War II. She was named for Samuel Chester Reid, a US Navy officer in the War of 1812 who helped design the 1818 version of the flag of the United States.

The Reid departed Pearl Harbor on 22 May 1942, steaming north to bombard Japanese positions on Kiska Island, Alaska on 7 August 1942. She supported landings at Adak, Alaska on 30 August 1942, and sank the Japanese submarine RO-61 by gunfire on 31 August 1942. She transferred five Japanese prisoners to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. During the period of October thru November, 1942, she patrolled near New Caledonia, Samoa, and the Fiji Islands during October and November 1942.

On 25 Dec 1942, she departed Suva Harbor, Fiji Islands and escorted Army troops to Guadalcanal before guarding a convoy to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. In January 1943, she bombarded several enemy locations on Guadalcanal.

During the period of early-to-mid 1943, she conducted patrols in the Solomon Islands. Afterward, the Reid provided radar information and fighter direction for landings at Lae, New Guinea thru 4 September 1943. On 22 September 1943 while supporting landings at Finschhafen, New Guinea, she downed two enemy planes.

By 15 December, 1943 she continued to conduct patrols, as well escort duty off New Guinea. She sailed from Buna Roads, New Guinea to escort troop transports for landings at Arawe, New Britain. She protected landings at Cape Gloucester, New Britain on 26 December 1943, and at Saidor, New Guinea on 2 January 1944. She continued combat operations and guarded the landings at Los Negros Island, Admiralty Islands on 29 February 1943, and at Hollandia, New Guinea on 22 April 1943. Her guns supported the landings at Wakde Island on 17 May 1943, at Biak on the 27 May 1943, and at Noemfoor Island, New Guinea, 2 July 1943. After these operations were conducted by the Reid, she returned to Pearl Harbor.

On 29 August, 1943, the Reid departed Pearl Harbor in order to support air strikes against Wake Island on 3 September. Soon after, she conducted patrols off Leyte, Philippine Islands in November. She steamed to Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippines and supported landings there on 7 December, 1943. She then escorted the damaged Lamson (DD-367) toward Leyte Gulf.

In Reid's final two weeks in the waters around Leyte, the crew was able to sleep only an hour or two at a time. They were called to battle stations on an average of 10 times a day. It was a period of near constant combat. While escorting reinforcements for Ormoc Bay near Surigao Straits on 11 December 1944, the Reid destroyed seven Japanese planes, when the following took place: The Reid 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 aft 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 laid 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. The survivors were strafed in the water by Japanese planes before rescue. Her 150 survivors were picked up by landing craft in her convoy.
The USS Reid received seven battle stars for World War II service.

Records indicate MM2 Abbott was killed during this final combat action of the Reid and his name appears on the Tablets of the Missing in the American Military Cemetery at Manila. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal.

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