MANNERT L. ABELE, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Mannert Abele '26

Date of birth: July 11, 1903

Date of death: July 30, 1942

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:

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Mannert Lincoln Abele

Quincy, Massachusetts

"Abe" "Jim"

SAY, don't look so scared! Honest, we didn't mean to frighten you. You know way down in your heart that looks don't mean much. He really is good-natured and won't harm a soul.

Abe was a soccer man and one of Tom's favorites. He could show some real rough tricks if necessary as he did in Gibraltar when we played the Limies. Some of the Britishers wished they had never gotten in the game because Abe showed 'em how we played.

Jim always managed to fool the Ac Department, although sometimes they came very near catching up with him. Never suffering from love-sickness probably aided him in this way, although it prevented him from showing proper sympathy for the troubles of a roommate afflicted with all the worries of a true lover.

As one can see by glancing at the snapshot of his youthful days, Jim always was more or less salty, and had been introduced to the leeward life line before Youngster cruise.

"Call away the gig, and notify the Exec that I am going ashore."

Soccer Squad (4, 3, 2, 1), N(3, 2); Class Gym (2); Expert Rifleman.

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Mannert Lincoln Abele

Quincy, Massachusetts

"Abe" "Jim"

SAY, don't look so scared! Honest, we didn't mean to frighten you. You know way down in your heart that looks don't mean much. He really is good-natured and won't harm a soul.

Abe was a soccer man and one of Tom's favorites. He could show some real rough tricks if necessary as he did in Gibraltar when we played the Limies. Some of the Britishers wished they had never gotten in the game because Abe showed 'em how we played.

Jim always managed to fool the Ac Department, although sometimes they came very near catching up with him. Never suffering from love-sickness probably aided him in this way, although it prevented him from showing proper sympathy for the troubles of a roommate afflicted with all the worries of a true lover.

As one can see by glancing at the snapshot of his youthful days, Jim always was more or less salty, and had been introduced to the leeward life line before Youngster cruise.

"Call away the gig, and notify the Exec that I am going ashore."

Soccer Squad (4, 3, 2, 1), N(3, 2); Class Gym (2); Expert Rifleman.

Loss

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Abe was lost when USS Grunion (SS 216) was sunk by the armed Japanese freighter Kano Maru on July 30, 1942, approximately 10 miles northeast of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. He was the boat's commanding officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by three sons. His sons found their father's boat in 2007.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Career

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From Fleet Organization:

  • Captain USS R-13 (SS-90) 30 May 1936 - 31 May 1939
  • Instructor NROTC Unit Harvard University 1 Oct 1939 - 1 Jul 1940
  • Captain USS S-31 (SS-136) 24 Sep 1940 - 31 Oct 1941
  • Captain USS Grunion (SS-216) 11 Apr 1942 - Jul 1942
  • Lieutenant 30 Jun 1936
  • Lieutenant Commander 1 Dec 1940

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Mannert Lincoln Abele (NSN: 0-60162), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GRUNION (SS-216), during its FIRST War Patrol, in Alaskan Waters. Lieutenant Commander Abele conducted an aggressive and successful submarine war patrol from 30 June 1942 to 24 July 1942. He pressed home all attacks in such a skillful and resolute manner that he attacked and sank in one day, three enemy destroyers of the Towlekju Class. Despite severe anti-submarine measures, Lieutenant Commander Abele brought his ship safely through these counter attacks but was subsequently lost from an unknown cause. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 25 (November 23, 1942)
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Namesake

USS Mannert L. Abele (DD 733) was named for Abe; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1926
Ensign, USS Colorado

January 1927
Ensign, USS Colorado

April 1927
Ensign, USS Colorado

October 1927
Ensign, USS Colorado

January 1928
Ensign, USS Colorado

April 1928
Ensign, USS Colorado

July 1928
Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command:
October 1928
Ensign, USS Colorado

January 1929
Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

April 1929
Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

July 1929
Ensign, Submarine Division 4, USS S-4

Others at or embarked at USS S-4:
October 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23
January 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23
April 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23
October 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23
January 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command:
April 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command:
July 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command:
October 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command:
January 1932
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command:
April 1932
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command:
October 1932
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command:
January 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), tempo, USS S-21
April 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

July 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

October 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

April 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

July 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

October 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

January 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

April 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command:
October 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command:
January 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.
April 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS R-11
July 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS R-11
January 1937
Lieutenant, USS R-11
April 1937
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-13

Others at this command:
September 1937
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-13
January 1938
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-13

Others at this command:
July 1938
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-13

Others at this command:
January 1939
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-13
October 1939
Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Others at this command:
June 1940
Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Others at this command:
November 1940
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-31

Others at this command:
April 1941
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-31

Others at this command:


Class of 1926

Mannert is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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