Abrams, Lewis Herbert, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
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
1929
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Montclair, NJ
Last Address
Montclair

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

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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.


   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
1967

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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Location
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Vietnam
 
 
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VMA(AW)-242
Marine All- Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (VMFA(AW)-242) is a United States Marine Corps squadron flying F/A-18D Hornets. The squadron, known as the "Bats", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12) and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW).

Active
VMTB-242 July 1, 1943 - November 23, 1945
VMA-242 October 1, 1960 - September 1964
VMA(AW)-242 - September 1964 - December 14, 1990
Type
Air Units
Existing/Disbanded
Redesignated
Parent Unit
Fixed Wing Units
Strength
Squadron
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VMA(AW)-242

Gourley, Norman Winston, MGen, (1942-1978) 99 9907 Colonel
Kott, Stephen Jay, Maj, (1958-1967) 75 7583 Major
Starnes, Cullen George, Maj, (1951-1967) 75 7501 Major
Carlton, James Edmund, Maj 75 7583 Captain
Fanning, Hugh Michael, Maj, (1964-1967) 75 7542 Captain
Fickler, Edwin James, Capt, (1967-1969) 75 7511 Captain
Idema, Tom, Capt, (1965-1970) 75 7591 Captain
Oetting, Robert, Col, (1963-1989) 75 7511 Captain
Scenna, Antonio, LtCol, (1965-1986) 75 7583 Captain
Hutchins, Donald, SSgt, (1966-1973) 62 Staff Sergeant
Moser, Harold, SSgt, (1963-1967) 66 6614 Staff Sergeant
Murawski, John J., SSgt, (1959-1969) 0 8091 Staff Sergeant
Singer, Barry, CWO2, (1960-1984) 70 7041 Staff Sergeant
Souder, Lew, GySgt, (1956-1976) 65 6531 Staff Sergeant
Stover, Stephen, SSgt, (1966-1972) 62 6244 Staff Sergeant
Ascherin, Bob, Sgt, (1964-1968) 4 0411 Sergeant
Boza, Pedro, Sgt, (1963-1969) 64 6442 Sergeant
Crawford, James, Sgt, (1966-1970) 62 6251 Sergeant
Deskin, Bill, SSgt, (1964-1971) 60 6062 Sergeant
Diehl, Robert, Sgt, (1966-1970) 62 6244 Sergeant
Fenclau, Gerry, Sgt, (1964-1968) 63 6353 Sergeant
Foley, Edward, SSgt, (1966-1970) 62 6212 Sergeant
GOETTSCHE, Fredrick, Sgt, (1964-1973) 60 6013 Sergeant
Harper, Donald, Sgt, (1960-1969) 62 6212 Sergeant
Layman, Michael, Sgt, (1965-1973) 60 6017 Sergeant
Lazio, Michael, Sgt, (1966-1970) 64 6412 Sergeant
Mackins, Sewell, Sgt, (1965-1969) 62 6234 Sergeant
Meyers, Robert, Sgt, (1966-1970) Sergeant
Meyers, Robert, Sgt, (1966-1970) 60 6064 Sergeant
Nix, Al, Sgt, (1966-1969) 64 6412 Sergeant
Olenick, John, Sgt, (1965-1969) 60 6013 Sergeant
Raass, David, Sgt, (1963-1967) 63 6333 Sergeant
Stuart, Douglas, Sgt, (1965-1969) 65 6511 Sergeant
TIETJENS, JAN, Sgt, (1964-1968) 70 7041 Sergeant
Van Brunt, John, Sgt, (1967-1976) 1 0182 Sergeant
Whalen, David, Sgt, (1967-1971) 65 6511 Sergeant
White, David, Sgt, (1966-1970) 62 6214 Sergeant
Bagwell, George, GySgt, (1966-1979) 60 6042 Corporal
Cobb, Patrick, Sgt, (1965-1969) 62 6244 Corporal
Colon, Andrew, CPL, (1965-1969) 30 3041 Corporal
Crumpton, William, GySgt, (1965-1987) 62 6244 Corporal
Cumbo, Joseph, CPL, (1965-1971) 63 6316 Corporal
Dixon, Jack, Sgt, (1966-1970) 60 6062 Corporal
Gladson, Levy, Sgt, (1964-1968) 62 6234 Corporal
Hiekel, Rod, CPL, (1965-1970) 63 6353 Corporal
Key, Richard, CPL, (1965-1969) 60 6013 Corporal
MINIHAN, LESLIE (LES), Maj, (1966-1996) 70 7041 Corporal
MUNSON, LYNN, Sgt, (1965-1969) 65 6511 Corporal
Ricci, David, CPL, (1966-1970) 60 6013 Corporal
Rockwood, John, CPL, (1967-1971) 62 6234 Corporal
Vela, Arturo, CPL, (1967-1970) 60 6013 Corporal
Winters, Richard, CPL, (1963-1967) 66 6611 Corporal
Zuffa, Michael, Sgt, (1966-1970) 62 6234 Corporal
Casey, Kevin, LCpl, (1966-1970) 30 3041 Lance Corporal
Hamilton, Larry, SSgt, (1965-1976) 60 6042 Lance Corporal
MIKE, MONTANEY, MSgt, (1964-1985) 62 6234 Lance Corporal
Norenberg, Jay, LCpl, (1966-Present) 63 6316 Lance Corporal
White, William, CPL, (1964-1969) 63 6333 Lance Corporal
Feeney, Gene, Sgt, (1967-1971) 64 Sergeant

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