Abbott, Clark Tait, CAPT

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Supply Corps
Last Primary NEC
310X-Supply Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1952-1954, 310X, Commander Eastern Sea Frontier
Service Years
1931 - 1954
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New Jersey
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Year of Birth
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Home Town
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
Last Address

Date of Passing
Apr 20, 1981
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 65, Site 52

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US European Command US Navy Retired 20

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Clark Tait Abbot was born in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, on 26 April 1910, son of Warren H. and Ann Hathaway Abbot. He attended Stratford (Connecticut) High School, and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in 1930. After graduation he was commissioned Ensign, US Naval Reserve, and on 2 May 1931, he transferred in the same rank to the Supply Corps, US Navy. He advanced progressively through the various grades to the rank of Captain, to date from 15 November 1945.

Upon assignment to the Supply Corps of the Navy in May 1931, he reported for active duty, and after two months of duty at the Navy Yard, New York, New York, he had instruction for five months aboard the USS Bushnell. Thereafter, from January 1932 to July 1934 he had duty aboard that submarine tender as Assistant for Disbursing. From August 1934 to August 1936 he was Assistant to the Supply, Disbursing, Accounting Officer, at the Naval Training Station, Newport, Rhode Island, and later at the Naval Torpedo Station there.

Ordered to the Asiatic Station, he reported in October 1936, and served on the staff of the Commander South China Patrol, until July 1938. He returned to continental shore duty in November 1938, reporting to the Navy Yard, New York, New York, where he served as Assistant to the Supply Officer, until the end of September 1939. He reported to the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, Navy Department, Washington, DC, where he had continuous duty through the early years of World War II. In May 1943, he was detached and reported aboard the USS Iowa for duty as Supply Officer. He served in that battleship until August 1944, when he returned to the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts. 'For outstanding service as Assistant to the Officer in Charge, Planning Division, Bureau of Supplies and Accounts,' he received a Letter of Commendation from the Chief of that Bureau. The citation further states:

'....(he) distinguished taking a conspicuous part in the administration of one of the largest bureaus of the Navy Department during the period of national emergency and by his invaluable service to the shore establishment in the construction and maintenance of an adequate Supply Depot ashore, the processing of production in the Shore station development program of the Navy, and their presentation to the Budget Bureau and to Congress....'

'He further distinguished himself by outstanding services to the Fleet and the shore establishment by solving many of the problems involved in the operation of Supply Corps activities afloat and shore.'

In January 1945, he transferred to the Naval Supply Depot, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he served until October 1945. At that time he assumed duty as Supply Officer on the Staff of Commander, Pacific Reserve Fleet. From September 1946 to May 1947 he served in the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, Navy Department. He reported the next month for duty as Supply Officer on the staff of Commander, US Naval Forces, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. In June 1950 he had orders returning him to the United States, and reported to the Commandant, Sixth Naval District, Charleston, South Carolina, to serve as District Supply Officer. In 1951, he was transferred to Bainbridge, Maryland, as Supply and Fiscal Officer for the Naval Training Center, and under orders of 8 April 1952, he was a member of the staff of Commander Eastern Sea Frontier.

In addition to the Letter of Commendation, Captain Abbott had the China Service Medal; the American Defense Service Medal; the American Campaign Medal; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four bronze stars; and the World War II Victory Medal.

Captain Abbott died 20 April 1981 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Overview of World War II 

World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during the war, and 17 million combatants died. Civilian deaths were ever greater. At least 19 million Soviet civilians, 10 million Chinese, and 6 million European Jews lost their lives during the war.

World War II was truly a global war. Some 70 nations took part in the conflict, and fighting took place on the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as on the high seas. Entire societies participated as soldiers or as war workers, while others were persecuted as victims of occupation and mass murder.

World War II cost the United States a million causalities and nearly 400,000 deaths. In both domestic and foreign affairs, its consequences were far-reaching. It ended the Depression, brought millions of married women into the workforce, initiated sweeping changes in the lives of the nation's minority groups, and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life.

The War at Home & Abroad

On September 1, 1939, World War II started when Germany invaded Poland. By November 1942, the Axis powers controlled territory from Norway to North Africa and from France to the Soviet Union. After defeating the Axis in North Africa in May 1941, the United States and its Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943 and forced Italy to surrender in September. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies landed in Northern France. In December, a German counteroffensive (the Battle of the Bulge) failed. Germany surrendered in May 1945.

The United States entered the war following a surprise attack by Japan on the U.S. Pacific fleet in Hawaii. The United States and its Allies halted Japanese expansion at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 and in other campaigns in the South Pacific. From 1943 to August 1945, the Allies hopped from island to island across the Central Pacific and also battled the Japanese in China, Burma, and India. Japan agreed to surrender on August 14, 1945 after the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


1. The war ended Depression unemployment and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life. It led the federal government to create a War Production Board to oversee conversion to a wartime economy and the Office of Price Administration to set prices on many items and to supervise a rationing system.

2. During the war, African Americans, women, and Mexican Americans founded new opportunities in industry. But Japanese Americans living on the Pacific coast were relocated from their homes and placed in internment camps.

The Dawn of the Atomic Age

In 1939, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt, warning him that the Nazis might be able to build an atomic bomb. On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi, an Italian refugee, produced the first self-sustained, controlled nuclear chain reaction in Chicago.

To ensure that the United States developed a bomb before Nazi Germany did, the federal government started the secret $2 billion Manhattan Project. On July 16, 1945, in the New Mexico desert near Alamogordo, the Manhattan Project's scientists exploded the first atomic bomb.

It was during the Potsdam negotiations that President Harry Truman learned that American scientists had tested the first atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress, released an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Between 80,000 and 140,000 people were killed or fatally wounded. Three days later, a second bomb fell on Nagasaki. About 35,000 people were killed. The following day Japan sued for peace.

President Truman's defenders argued that the bombs ended the war quickly, avoiding the necessity of a costly invasion and the probable loss of tens of thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives. His critics argued that the war might have ended even without the atomic bombings. They maintained that the Japanese economy would have been strangled by a continued naval blockade, and that Japan could have been forced to surrender by conventional firebombing or by a demonstration of the atomic bomb's power.

The unleashing of nuclear power during World War II generated hope of a cheap and abundant source of energy, but it also produced anxiety among large numbers of people in the United States and around the world.
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