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:

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


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January 1927

Ensign, USS Colorado


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April 1927

Ensign, USS Colorado


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October 1927

Ensign, USS Colorado


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January 1928

Ensign, USS Colorado


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April 1928

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July 1928

Ensign, USS Colorado


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October 1928

Ensign, USS Colorado


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January 1929

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut


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April 1929

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut


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July 1929

Ensign, Submarine Division 4, USS S-4


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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


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April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23


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July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23


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October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23


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January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23


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April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23


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October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23


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January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), tempo, USS S-21

April 1933

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


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July 1933

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


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October 1933

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


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April 1934

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


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July 1934

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


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October 1934

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


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January 1935

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


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April 1935

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


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October 1935

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


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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


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September 1937

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-13

January 1938

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-13


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July 1938

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-13


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January 1939

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-13

October 1939

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts


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June 1940

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts


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November 1940

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-31


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April 1941

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-31


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Class of 1926

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

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