HOWARD J. ABBOTT, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Howard Abbott '31

Date of birth: May 21, 1910

Date of death: June 20, 1941

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Howard was lost when USS O-9 (SS 70) sank during a test dive on June 20, 1941. He was the commanding officer, and had been since the boat was placed back into commission on April 14, 1941.

He was survived by his wife and at least one child, a daughter who was married in 1954. He has a memory marker in Iowa.

There is a memorial to the officers and crew of USS O-9 (SS 70) in New Hampshire.

Career

From Fleet Organization:

  • Under Instruction Marine Corps School Quantico 1939
  • Duty including Executive Officer USS Breese (DD-122) 1 Oct 1939 - 1 Jul 1940
  • Under Orders to assume Command USS Spearfish (SS-190) 1 Nov 1940 (orders cancelled)
  • Executive Officer USS Spearfish (SS-190) 2 Jan 1941 - 1 Apr 1941
  • Captain USS O-9 (SS-70) 14 Apr 1941 - 20 Jun 1941

He was promoted to Lieutenant on March 28, 1939.


Class of 1931

Howard is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 in Memorial Hall.