Abel, Charles Larrabee, Jr., PhM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1944, PhM-0000, US 6th Naval Beach Battalion
Service Years
1942 - 1944
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lancaster, PA
Last Address
435 S. West End Ave
Lancaster, PA
(mother - Mildred L Abel)

Casualty Date
Jun 08, 1944
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Saint Josephs New Roman Catholic Cemetery - Bausman, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Amphibious Forces Patch

 Unofficial Badges 

Combat Medical Badge

 Tributes from Members  
Medic! Corpsman! posted by Daiute, Paul C., HM3 81
 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Calvert (APA-32)Amphibious Forces School US 6th Naval Beach Battalion
  1943-1943, HA-0000, USS Calvert (APA-32)
  1943-1944, HA-0000, Amphibious Forces School
  1944-1944, PhM-0000, US 6th Naval Beach Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 18, 2017, WWII Veterans Compensation Application1
  Sep 18, 2017, Veterans Burial Card1
  Sep 18, 2017, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The 6th Beach Battalion medical teams, forced to drag casualties from the surf toward the enemy's murderous guns on D-Day, became casualties themselves. Under punishing fire, aidmen worked up and down the beach and in the minefields, bandaging, splinting, giving morphine, and plasma. Navy doctors and corpsmen, often themselves injured, worked as they could to give emergency treatment. The casualty rate of the Battalion's medical personnel on Normandy D-Day was 27 percent. Five corpsmen died performing their humanitarian duty:
PhM 3c Charles L. Abel (KIA)
HA1c Virgil Mounts (KIA)
PhM 1c John T. O'Donnell (KIA)
PhM 2c John F. Peterssen (KIA)
PhM 3c Morris W. Rickenbach (KIA)

Service number: 2451238

Bronze Star Medal and Combat Medic Badge
On Veterans Day of 2012, a special ceremony was held aboard the USS New Jersey. At that time, the following was read:

By order of the Secretary of the Army, 15 March 2012, Permanent Order 075-15 through 075-22, the following sailors of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion are to receive the Combat Medical Badge and Army Bronze Star Medal, for actions during World War II.

PhM3 Abel's name is on the list of the medical personnel who died on 6/8/1944 on the beach at Normandy and presented with those two awards.

The medal and badge were presented to PhM3 Abel's niece, Martha Goldtharp, and his nephew, Erik Abel.

The information contained in this profile was compiles from various internet sources.
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The National Gold Star Family RegistryD-Day FallenWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
WWII Memorial National Registry
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, D-Day Fallen [Verified]
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, WWII Memorial National Registry
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