Abbott, William Edwin, AD3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AD-0000, VPB-104 (Screaming 104)/Crew 18
Service Years
1943 - 1944
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Peoria, IL
Last Address
1306 North University
Peoria, Ill
(mother: Lillian Dell Abbott)

Casualty Date
Dec 12, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Cause
Location
Brunei
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
Start Year
1943
End Year
1944

Description
The last obstacle in liberating all of New Guinea island was the Vogelkop Peninsula in Dutch New Guinea. The Japanese resistance on the peninsula gathered at Manokwari, and MacArthur did not wish to contest with this force. Instead, his "hit 'em where they ain't" strategy took the Allied forces to a number of undefended beaches near Cape Opmaria and Sansapor. Like Rabaul, the 25,000 men at Manokwari were now stranded, frustratingly idling uselessly.

In Sep 1944, Allied troops occupied the Halmahera Islands, concluding the New Guinea Campaign. MacArthur was now only several hundred miles from the Philippines. In his memoir, MacArthur attributed to the Allied victory over New Guinea to mobility and the ability to achieve surprise at key confrontations. Additionally, he also insisted that his refusal to deploy military governors over conquered regions helped his command focus on the task at hand. Instead, he brought in Dutch and Australian civil administrators immediately after the area had been deemed secure. "The success of this method was reflected in the complete lack of friction between the various governments concerned", he noted.

Although Allied attention would move toward the Philippine Islands by this time, small pockets of Japanese resistance would continue to fight until late May 1945.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
May 12, 2017
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class Abbott, as first mechanic on a Navy Liberator on armed combat patrol, penetrating a thousand miles into enemy territory over northwest Borneo, salvaged enough fuel from a gas line tank pierced by savage enemy fire, to enable his plane to return to its base. In so doing he braved intense fumes, until unconscious, he fell to his death. He thereby sacrificed his life for those of his fellow crew members.

   
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  189 Also There at This Battle:
  • Alumbaugh, Maurice, PO1, (1942-1953)
  • Ballard, Bland Albert, F1c, (1942-1945)
  • Bibb, James, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Colvin, Victor Morgan, F1c, (1944-1945)
  • Cote, Arthur, S1c, (1943-1946)
  • Crawforth, Evan, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Desideri, Gino, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Donaldson, Lyle, MCPO, (1940-1975)
  • Fuller, Leroy, PO1, (1941-1945)
  • Garrett, Earl, PO2, (1941-1953)
  • Gayler, Noel, ADM, (1935-1976)
  • Hazelwood, Denna, PO1, (1942-1944)
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