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

Colonel

 
 

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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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 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.


   
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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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
Start Year
1967
End Year
1968

Description
This campaign was from 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968.The conflict in South Vietnam remains basically unchanged. As Operation JUNCTION CITY ended, elements of the U.S. 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and the forces of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam swung back toward Saigon to conduct another clearing operation, MANHATTAN. This took peace in the Long Nguyen base area just north of the previously cleared "Iron Triangle."

South Vietnamese Armed Forces became more active and capable under U.S. advisors. During the year the Vietnamese Special Forces assumed responsibility for several Special Forces camps and for the CIDG companies manning them. In each case all of the U.S. advisors withdrew, leaving the Vietnamese in full command.

With an increased delegation of responsibility to them, the South Vietnamese conducted major operations during 1967, and, in spite of VC attempts to avoid battle, achieved a number of contacts.

Despite the success of U.S. and South Vietnamese Army operations, there were indications in the fall of 1967 of another enemy build-up, particularly in areas close to Laos and Cambodia. In late October, the VC struck again at the Special Forces Camp at Loc Ninh. Fortunately Vietnamese reinforcements saved the camp. At the same time, approximately 12,000 VC troops converged on a Special Forces camp at Dak To. This camp was located in northern Kontum Province, where the borders of Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam meet. In response to this potential threat, the U.S. and South Vietnam committed a total of sixteen battalions to the region to counter a disturbing enemy resurgence at Kontum and Loc Ninh.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1967
To Year
1968
 
Last Updated:
Feb 3, 2008
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

7th Marine Regiment

1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade

5th Marine Division

4th Marine Regiment

1st Marine Regiment

1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)

1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)

MACG-38/MASS-3

VMA(AW)-242

3rd MAW/2nd LAAM Bn

1st Combat Engineer Bn

HMM-262

VMA-121

3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)

MWSG-17

2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)

HMM-165

3rd Combat Engineer Bn

26th Marine Regiment

MARDET USS Newport News (CA-148)

3rd Amtrac Bn

VMGR-152

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  5831 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abbott, James, Sgt, (1965-1968)
  • Abplanalp, Mark, CPL, (1968-1970)
  • Abrams, Melvin, MSgt, (1967-1990)
  • Adair, Dave, CPL, (1964-1968)
  • Adams, Billy W., LtCol, (1953-1979)
  • Adams, William, Sgt, (1966-1972)
  • Adams, William, Sgt, (1966-1968)
  • Addison, Michael "Jeff", CPL, (1965-1969)
  • Agosto-Santos, Jose, CPL, (1966-1968)
  • Aldrich, Stanley, HM2, (1966-1970)
  • Alexander, Jim, CPL, (1965-1969)
  • Allen, Frank, LCpl, (1965-1968)
  • Alley, Larry, Sgt, (1962-1968)
  • Allgood, Frankie Eugene, LtCol, (1952-1968)
  • Allison, Ricky(Rick), CPL, (1965-1968)
  • Ambos, Richard, 1stSgt, (1964-1995)
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