Abrams, Lewis Herbert, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
9907-Colonel, Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer
Last MOSGroup
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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

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 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

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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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Olesky, Stanley, Sgt, (1966-1970) Corporal
Reed, Clark, Maj, (1963-1983) 30 3002 Major
Fickler, Edwin James, Capt, (1967-1969) 75 7511 Captain
Vandiver, Arthur, Capt, (1963-1969) 75 7302 Captain
Conner, Terry (Terrance), CWO4 59 5993 Chief Warrant Officer 4
Gratz, David, SSgt, (1963-1969) 66 6611 Staff Sergeant
Thorne, Richard, SSgt, (1966-1970) 62 6236 Staff Sergeant
Bell, Christian, Sgt, (1967-1971) 65 6511 Sergeant
Boling, Jack, Sgt, (1966-1972) 30 3072 Sergeant
Closson, Jack, 1stSgt, (1963-2003) 63 6334 Sergeant
Cooper, Charles, Sgt, (1964-1968) 64 6413 Sergeant
Deschamps, Will, Sgt, (1964-1968) 64 6474 Sergeant
Hildreth, Dan, Sgt, (1962-1967) 66 6611 Sergeant
Kauczka, Daniel, Sgt, (1966-1969) 63 6372 Sergeant
Morse, David, Sgt, (1966-1968) 2 Sergeant
Salitros, John, Sgt, (1963-1967) 62 6236 Sergeant
Skeate, Richard, Sgt, (1964-1968) 64 6442 Sergeant
Baugher, Norman, Sgt, (1965-1969) 62 6234 Corporal
Evers, Raymond, CPL, (1966-1969) 60 6024 Corporal
Goman, Donald, SSgt, (1964-1977) 66 6636 Corporal
Harding, Thomas Ford, CPL, (1965-1967) 62 6234 Corporal
Kaufman, Richard, CPL, (1963-1967) 66 6633 Corporal
Lang, David, Sgt, (1963-1967) 63 6362 Corporal
Myers, Philip Rodney, MGySgt, (1965-1995) 60 6052 Corporal
Norris, Ed, CPL, (1966-1970) 64 6412 Corporal
Saurer, Robert, CPL, (1965-1969) 62 6234 Corporal
Cooper, Chuck, Sgt, (1964-1968) 64 6413 Lance Corporal
Hutter, Robert Nelson, LCpl, (1965-1968) 64 6446 Lance Corporal
Morgan, Richard, Sgt, (1966-1972) 35 3516 Lance Corporal
Paul, Larry, Sgt, (1965-1970) 66 6614 Lance Corporal
Vaughn, Steven, Sgt, (1965-1971) 64 6442 Lance Corporal
Bressler, Kirk, Sgt, (1967-1970) Sergeant

Bailes, Lenard, Sgt, (1963-1967) 8151 Sergeant
Stauffer, Robert Earl, Sgt, (1947-1967) Sergeant
Hawthorne, Richard William, LtCol 75 7545 Lieutenant Colonel
Cronkrite, Charles Ligon, Maj, (1957-1967) 75 7532 Major
Moore, Royal, MGen, (1953-1992) 75 7503 Major
Thomas, Jerrold, Maj, (1957-1977) 66 6602 Major
Fanning, Hugh Michael, Maj, (1964-1967) 75 7511 Captain
Hellbach, Harold James, Capt, (1963-1967) 75 7532 Captain
White, W. T, Capt, (1960-1972) 70 7002 Captain
MacGeary, Fred Ernest, Capt, (1946-1967) 75 7582 First Lieutenant
Ryan, William Cornelius, 1stLt, (1966-1969) 75 7587 First Lieutenant
Soldner, Charles R., Capt, (1952-1972) 65 6502 First Lieutenant
Albright, Walter Leroy, 2ndLt, (1951-1967) 73 7354 Second Lieutenant
Lawyer, Guy, GySgt, (1956-1972) 28 2861 Gunnery Sergeant
Ozanne, David, GySgt, (1955-1977) 64 6492 Gunnery Sergeant
Wonnell, Bob, GySgt, (1966-1987) 3 Gunnery Sergeant
Barker, Frederick, MGySgt, (1960-1983) 66 6619 Staff Sergeant
Bennett, Ernest, Sgt, (1963-1967) 63 6300 Sergeant
Childs, Daniel Robert, MSgt, (1964-1984) 1 0141 Sergeant
Judd, Guy, Sgt, (1965-1969) 11 1141 Sergeant
Morrow, Kelly, Sgt, (1964-1968) 28 2851 Sergeant
Morrow, Kelly, Sgt, (1964-1968) 28 2851 Sergeant
Ott, Edward, Sgt, (1964-1968) 64 Sergeant
Ryan, John, Sgt, (1966-1970) 65 6511 Sergeant
Wrenn, Francis, Sgt, (1963-1967) 66 6611 Sergeant

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