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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  1966-1967, 9907, H&MS 14



From Month/Year
June / 1966
To Month/Year
May / 1967
Unit
H&MS 14 Unit Page
Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
MOS
9907-Colonel, Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer
Location
MCAS Cherry Point
Country/State
North Carolina
 
 
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 H&MS 14 Details

H&MS 14
Type
Support Unit
Existing/Disbanded
Disbanded
Parent Unit
MAG-14
Strength
Squadron
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Jun 8, 2009
   
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Other Memories
He was commanding officer of H$MS-14 from 18 June 1966 to 22 May 1967.

   
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31 Members Also There at Same Time
H&MS 14

Wallace, Hobart McKenley, LtCol, (1953-1968) 75 7511 Major
Gyore, Allan Ronald, Capt, (1962-1969) 75 7583 First Lieutenant
Spence, Thomas, GySgt, (1946-1971) 3 0369 Gunnery Sergeant
Canto, Wayne, Sgt, (1966-1970) 67 6741 Sergeant
Collier, Gaetano (guy), Sgt, (1966-1970) 64 6413 Sergeant
Cyphers, Glenn, Sgt, (1966-1970) 63 6313 Sergeant
HARDING, GERALD, Sgt, (1967-1970) 30 3071 Sergeant
Rhodes, Larry D., GySgt, (1963-1973) 64 6442 Sergeant
Yankosky, James, Sgt, (1965-1968) 30 3071 Sergeant
Bell, Joe, Sgt, (1964-1967) 1 0141 Corporal
Caradine, Jim, CPL, (1967-1971) 63 6300 Corporal
Erickson, Gregory, Sgt, (1965-1969) 64 6445 Corporal
Grammer, Darrell, Sgt, (1966-1970) 30 3071 Corporal
Hussey, Geary, CPL, (1966-1969) 60 6010 Corporal
Rogers, Clarence, Sgt, (1964-1972) 64 6412 Corporal
Sullivan, Donald, CPL, (1961-1966) 64 6442 Corporal
Dominick, Rocco, Sgt, (1966-1970) 62 6234 Lance Corporal
Gladson, Levy, Sgt, (1964-1968) 62 6234 Lance Corporal
Hutter, Robert Nelson, LCpl, (1965-1968) 64 6446 Lance Corporal
Hyland, Bruce, SgtMaj, (1967-1997) 64 6432 Lance Corporal
Ihde, Roger, Sgt, (1966-1970) 62 6234 Lance Corporal
Lytle, James, Sgt, (1965-1969) 62 6234 Lance Corporal
McGee, Timothy, Sgt, (1966-1973) 66 6619 Lance Corporal
Nielsen, Steve, CPL, (1966-1970) 60 6013 Lance Corporal
Kirk, Michael L., Sgt, (1965-1975) 30 3071 Private 1st Class
Paul, Larry, Sgt, (1965-1970) 64 6462 Private 1st Class
Daws, Edward, CPL, (1963-1969) 30 Corporal
Smith, Roger, CPL, (1964-1968) Corporal
Kent, Mel, Sgt, (1966-1970) Lance Corporal
MCCUNE, BILL, CPL, (1962-1966) Lance Corporal
Ninivaggi, John, PFC, (1963-1967) Private 1st Class

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