From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Abel, Jr. '79

Date of birth: December 16, 1956

Date of death: September 10, 1989

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1979 Lucky Bag:


From the Coronado Eagle and Journal on April 12, 1990 via the California Digital Newspaper Collection:

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Abel, Jr. died Sept 10, 1989 in a helicopter accident at sea off the coast of Del Mar. He was 33. Abel, a Coronado resident since July 1989, was a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot for USS Peleliu stationed in Long Beach. He and his family were members of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Coronado. He is survived by his wife, Elisabeth Abel, daughters Ryan and Ashley, sons Clayton and Andrew, parents Edward and Wilma Abel of Hot Springs, Ak., brothers Dennis Abel of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Shawn Abel of Memphis, Tcnn. Funeral services were held April 9 at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Va., after his body was recovered in salvage operations off the coast of California.

From the December 1989 issue of Shipmate:

Edward G. Abel died on 10 September 1989 when the UH-1N helicopter he was flying crashed at sea off Camp Pendleton, California.

Born in Littie Rock, Arkansas, he was appointed to the Naval Academy from that state, graduating with the Class of 1979. While at the Academy, Ed was a avid sailor with four sailing commands to his credit. Following graduation he attended flight school, earning his wings in January 1981.

Lieutenant Commander Abel began his operational career as an H-46 pilot in HC-16 and HC-6. He made three deployments in detachments to the Indian Ocean, North Atlantic and Caribbean. Following his first sea duty tour, he served for two years as the Aide and Flag Lieutenant to ComSerGru Two. He next attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, graduating in March 1987. At the time of his death, he was the Aviation Safety Officer on board USS PELELIU (LHA-5) homeported in Long Beach, California.

His awards include the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Battle Efficiency Ribbon (with two E'S) and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with three stars).

He is survived by his wife Lisabeth of Coronado; their two daughters, Ryan and Ashley; and two sons, Clayton and Drew. He is also survived by his parents, Edward and Wilma Abel of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a brother Dennis, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and a brother Shawn, of Memphis, Tennessee; and his grandparents, Edward and Alice Abel of Littie Rock and Thelma Baxter of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Memorials may be made to the educational fund established for the Abel children at the Navy Federal Credit Union, Account Number: 1330054-006.


From an email on July 2, 2017:

I did not attend USNA. But I was Ed 'Glen' Abel's best friend when we were in high school. He was a great friend and I miss him. Jon Hoyt

Class of 1979

Edward is one of 15 members of the Class of 1979 on Virtual Memorial Hall.