Abrams, Lewis Herbert, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
9907-Colonel, Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer
Last MOSGroup
Specific Billet MOS
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 9907, VMA(AW)-242
Service Years
1948 - 1967



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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Montclair, NJ
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 25, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30E 083 / Section 64 Site 7138

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1967, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 25 Nov 1967 Lt Col Lewis H. Abrams and bombardier-navigator 1st Lt Robert E. Holdeman departed Danang Air Base in A-6A BuNo 152612 on a night strike against the Kien An airfield near Haiphong in North Vietnam. Radar and radio contact with Abrams was lost in the vicinity of Haiphong, and Peking radio later reported that a US aircraft had been shot down that night. The two crewmen were classed as Missing in Action, and in 1978 the Secretary of the Navy approved Presumptive Findings of Death for both men. 

Nothing was learned of Abrams and Holdeman for 21 years. In 1988, the SRV repatriated what they believed to be the remains of U.S. service personnel lost during the Vietnam War. Included in the remains was a military identification card fragment with what appeared to be the name Abrams. In 1993 and 1995, joint U.S. and Vietnamese teams investigated and excavated a crash site in Hai Phong Province, recovering aircraft wreckage from BuNo 152612, aircrew equipment, and fragmentary remains. The remains were repatriated on 11 April 1995 and the positive identification of both Colonel Abrams and Captain Holdeman was announced on 16 Jun 1997.


Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded

Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Colonel [then Lieutenant Colonel ] Lewis Herbert Abrams (MCSN: 0-53788), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Marine All Weather Attack Squadron TWO HUNDRED FORTY-TWO (VMA(AW)-242), First Marine Aircraft Wing, and as Pilot of an A6A Intruder aircraft in Vietnam. In the early morning hours of 25 October 1967, Colonel Abrams, in the first Marine aircraft to strike at the heart of North Vietnam's Air Force, exhibited outstanding courage and presence of mind in the midst of violent combat action as he successfully completed a high-priority mission by bombing the principal military airfield in North Vietnam. A highly effective integrated complex of hundreds of radar-controlled anti-aircraft weapons, barrage weapons with steel cables extending hundreds of feet into the air, two enemy airfields with MIG interceptor aircraft, and many active surface-to-air missile sites protected every approach to his target. Acting on an urgent fragmentary order, Colonel Abrams personally took charge of the preparations for a multi-plane, multi-squadron attack against the formidably defended Phuc Yen airfield. Barely six hours before takeoff time another fragmentary order was received, modifying the previous plan and requiring Colonel Abrams to make extensive last-minute changes in navigation and attack procedures, which allowed no margin for error. With grim determination, he promptly made corrections in heading, altitude, and airspeed and accurately delivered his bombs on the runway at Phuc Yen. Under the most demanding conditions of degraded systems operation, low-level flight in mountainous terrain in darkness, and in the face of a vicious volume of anti-aircraft and guided missile fire, Colonel Abrams courageously accomplished his mission of devastating the runway at Phuc Yen. His bravery and determination throughout the bitter action were an inspiration to all who were involved and were instrumental in accomplishing this crucial mission. By his intrepid fighting spirit, daring initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty, Colonel Abrams reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Action Date: October 25, 1967
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Colonel
Company: All Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242)
Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
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  1951-1953, 0301, 3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)

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3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
1st Battalion, 3d Marines (1/3) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Nicknamed the "Lava Dogs", the battalion consists of approximately 800 Marines and Sailors and falls under the command of the 3d Marine Regiment of the 3rd Marine Division.
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"C" Co Plt Leader 1 month, "B" Co. Plt Comdr 7 months, "C" Co CO 1 month, B Co ExO 3 months, H&S Co Bn Legal 3 months, 1st Replacement Battalion Camp Pendleton 1 month.

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105 Members Also There at Same Time
1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)

Wise, Jess M, SgtMaj, (1945-1975) 3 0316 Staff Sergeant
Graham, Jim, Sgt, (1953-1956) 3 0317 Sergeant
Burmeister, William, CPL, (1950-1954) 3 0311 Corporal
Hollier, Anthony, MSgt, (1952-1972) 3 0311 Corporal
Weiss, Morton N, CPL, (1951-1954) 3 0311 Corporal
Dixon, Eugene, GySgt, (1946-1966) 25 2519 Technical Sergeant
Gonzalez, Jose, CPL, (1951-1952) 98 Corporal
Ramer, George Henry, 2ndLt, (1947-1951) Second Lieutenant
Hems, Ellsworth, Sgt Sergeant
2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)

Gaut, Donald Lloyd, Col, (1952-1982) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Fulham, Donald, MGen, (1946-1988) 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Kinne, George, Sgt, (1948-1952) 3 0300 Sergeant
Knudsen, Conrad, Sgt, (1953-1957) 3 0311 Sergeant
Brandhorst, William J, CPL, (1952-1956) 3 0311 Corporal
Byers, Robert, CPL, (1950-1953) 3 0331 Corporal
Hollek, Harvey, PFC, (1952-1953) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Kelly, Paul, PFC, (1951-1952) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Rachou, Frank P, PFC, (1951-1953) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Ramirez, Mario L., PFC, (1951-1953) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Alexander, Martin, Pvt, (1950-1953) 3 0300 Private
Conroy, Bill, CPL, (1953-1956) 33 3300 Corporal
Keene, David R, Capt, (1952-1972) 1 Corporal
Taylor, Hearold, CPL, (1953-1956) 13 Corporal
Souza, Robert, PFC, (1952-1954) 8 Private 1st Class
Bouker, John, MGen, (1939-1968) Lieutenant Colonel
Rogers, Leyton M, LtCol, (1940-1960) Major
Bruno, George, Sgt Sergeant
Martinez, Charlie, 1stSgt, (1953-1975) Sergeant
3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)

Gaut, Donald Lloyd, Col, (1952-1982) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Matthews, Frank J, 2ndLt, (1943-1954) 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Rountree, Reuben T, 1stSgt, (1941-1968) 3 0311 Staff Sergeant
Cisco, Dominic Anthony, Sgt, (1943-1952) 3 0311 Sergeant
Mclaughlin, Thomas, CPL, (1952-1955) 3 0341 Corporal
Schick, Paul, Sgt, (1951-1953) 3 0311 Corporal
Weiss, Morton N, CPL, (1951-1954) 3 0311 Corporal
Ford, Russell, PFC, (1951-1952) 3 0331 Private 1st Class
Fountain, Merle, Sgt, (1953-1961) 3 0331 Private 1st Class
Marek, Adolph, CPL, (1952-1958) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Painter, Walter, SSgt, (1951-1965) 3 0331 Private 1st Class
Requate, Henry, CPL, (1951-1954) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Tucker, Richard F., PFC, (1952-1953) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Young, Earnest Marion, PFC, (1952-1953) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Currin, Michael Samuel, Col 99 9906 Colonel
DeJong, Pierce, CPL, (1951-1953) 35 3531 Corporal
Coward, James, 1stLt, (1953-1977) 1 0141 Private 1st Class
Sears, Peter, HMCS, (1948-1978) HM-8404 Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer
Lanning, Clarence, Capt, (1942-1963) 25 Master Sergeant
3rd Marine Regiment

Gormley, John J, Col, (1937-1963) 3 0302 Lieutenant Colonel
Owens, Thurman, BGen, (1943-1977) 3 0302 Captain
Driskell, Joseph R., MSgt, (1940-1953) 3 0369 Master Sergeant
Kennedy, Walter, 1stSgt, (1950-1974) 3 0311 Corporal
Trenck, Eric, Sgt, (1951-1959) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Williams, Robert Hugh, BGen, (1929-1956) 99 9906 Colonel
Harris, Warren, MSgt, (1945-1973) 25 2512 Corporal
Fiddler, Richard, PFC, (1952-1954) 1 0100 Private 1st Class
Bouker, John, MGen, (1939-1968) Colonel
Wasson, Dale Private 1st Class
A Co

Pryzgoda, Dennis A, Sgt, (1951-1953) 3 0311 Sergeant
Ferguson, Charles, PFC, (1951-1953) 3 0300 Private 1st Class

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