EVERETT W. ABDILL, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Everett Abdill '24

Date of birth: April 18, 1902

Date of death: December 13, 1944

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Everett was lost on December 13, 1944 when USS Nashville (CL 43) was struck by a Japanese kamikaze during the invasion of Mindoro. He was the Chief of Staff for Rear Admiral Arthur Struble, Attack Group Commander.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Other

From Find A Grave:

Article about the death of his widow -

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina -- Dorothy F. Miller died at Carolina Meadows retirement community, where she had resided since 1989, on February 12, 2000.

She was born Dorothy Marie Fairbairn in Chicago, Illinois, on May 27, 1905, the daughter of Frederick and Mame Ophelia Lovgren Fairbairn. Educated at Sweet Briar College in Virginia and at Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio, where her parents had later made their home, she was married in the Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland in 1927 to Everett Woolman Abdill, a young naval officer who had been an outstanding midshipman in the Class of 1924 at the United States Naval Academy and a classmate there of her brother Donald Fairbairn.

She and her husband with their growing family-three daughters born variously in Manila, P.I., Washington, D.C., and Long Beach, California, served their country at Naval duty posts around the world. Everett Abdil, who had become a submariner, was posted to Manila; Tsingtao, China; Washington, D.C., the Panama Canal Zone, New London, Connecticut, Newport, Rhode Island; Long Beach, California, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, before the Second World War. In Tsingtao, faced with a squad of Japanese soldiers determined to bivouac on her lawn, while her Chinese house boy beat on pots and pans in the kitchen , Dorothy drove the Japanese off her lawn with a Flit Spray.

In 1944, Captain Abdil was chief of staff to the Admiral commanding the task force that carried General McArthur's forces back into the Philippines. The Captain was killed at Leyte Gulf in December, 1944, on the deck of the task force flagship by a Japanese Kamikaze bomber. Dorothy Abdill, left with a widow's pitiful pension, moved her three daughters from San Francisco back to Alexandra, Virginia, found work in the Department of State and then in the Department of the Navy, nurtured and brought up her daughters and sent them all to college. When she had done that, she sold the home she had bought in Falls Church, Virginia, and bought a cottage at Virginia Beach. There she offered her children and grandchildren a haven by the sea. There the whole family repaired to be with her and enjoy the warm hospitality she provided them and all her friends.

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" (Posthumously) to Captain Everett Woolman Abdill (NSN: 0-58736), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States in the planning and successful execution of the amphibious landings behind the center of the Japanese lines at Ormoc Bay on 7 December 1944 and at Mindoro on 15 December 1944. By his outstanding accomplishments as Chief of Staff, in the planning and in the execution of the Ormoc plan, in the face of heavy enemy opposition, he performed outstanding accomplishments. During the Mindoro operation Captain Abdill, in his capacity as Chief of Staff, was on the bridge of the flagship at the time of the determined enemy attack on that vessel, and died at his post of duty, carrying on to the last. His conduct and leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Captain Abdill is authorized the Combat "V".)

Service: Navy
General Orders: Commander Task Group 78.3: Serial 003 (January 1, 1945)


Class of 1924

Everett is one of 41 members of the Class of 1924 in Memorial Hall.