Frank T. Abbott

Frank T. Abbott

Mr. Abbott served in World War II.  He served in the U. S. Navy on the USS Prince William and on the USS Smart (destroyer escort) from March 20, 1943, until March 3, 1946.

His rank was Gunners Mate Third Class.  Mr. Abbott was born in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of Thomas and Antoinette Abbott.  He graduated from high school in 1941.

Source: Veterans’ Memorial Hall veteran history form; veteran’s account (see below)

"I served aboard the USS Prince William, an escort carrier that ferried Army aircraft to French Morocco in North Africa for the African Campaign.  I also served on the destroyer escort USS Smart and made 12 trips escorting large fleets of liberty cargo ships to Oran, French Morocco, in North Africa.  I also went to the Motor Torpedo Boat training service, but on the way to the Pacific Theater, the boats were being phased out, and I wound up on the carrier.  I served 29 months at sea, Atlantic and Pacific."

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