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Abbott, Herman Riley

Name and Rank, Aviation Machinist’s Mate Third Class Herman Riley Abbott.

Unit/Placed in, Patrol Squadron 51 (VP-51), United States Naval Reserve.


The PB4Y-1 Liberator was the Navy’s version of the Army Air Force B-24. Herman was part of a Patrol mission that included 9 PB4Y-1 Liberator’s, 10 P-38 Lightnings, and twelve F4U Corsairs. The entire group was attacked by 30 Japanese A6M Zeros & about 15 A6M2-N floatplanes. Two of the 9 PB4Y-1 Liberator’s, 4 P-38G’s, and 2 F4U-1 Corsair’s were lost in this mission. This mission became known as the “Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre” since that mission a total of 26 Navy and Air Force servicemen were lost.


Herman was born approx. on Oct. 18, 1915 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Father, Riley Abbott.

Mother, Orbie M. (Edson) Abbott.

Sisters, Thelma, Easter M, Emma and Ruby Abbott.

Brothers, John O., Albert, Stephen and Charles Abbott.


Herman entered  the service from Kansas with service number # 4097368.


Herman R. Abbott was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Third Class in the United States Naval Reserve.


Herman‘s Crew-members on-board the plane a PB4Y-1  were,

Lt.               Stuart J. Cooper      Pilot

Ensign          Harold A. Elliot        Co Pilot

Ap1c.           William C. Fowler

Amm3.         Herman R. Abbott

Amm3.         Ernest F. Adams

Aom2.          Howard Goldstein

Amm1.         Bernhard T. Hussey

Amm2.         Albert T. Montgomery

Arm2.          Otis E. Nelson

Arm3.          Herman T. Sauter

Aom3.          Andrew E. Sheek

Herman R. Abbott was Killed in Action in Papua, New Guinea, on Feb. 14, 1943, and he is honored with the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Herman is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Tablets of the Missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA.


Thanks to

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

Patrol Squadron 51 (VP-51)
Carney Field, Guadalcanal
Herman Riley Abbott
His rank Aviation Machinist Mate Third Class