USS Abercrombie DE 343


Named for Ensign William Warner Abercrombie, b. 24 July 1914, Medford, OR;
served in Torpedo Squadron 8, HORNET (CV-8); KIA 4 June 1942, Battle of Midway;
posthumous awarded the NUC and Navy Cross

Type: WGT
Builder: COT
Keel laid 11/08/43
Launched 01/14/44
Commissioned 05/01/44
First CO: Lt Cdr Bernard H. Katschinski
Decommissioned 06/15/46; four battle stars
Stricken 05/01/67
Target, sunk off Baja California 01/07/68

Unit of CortDiv 69
Survived 16 kamikaze attacks; shot down two and assisted in downing two others

From the research of Anne McCarthy,
with contributions by Pat Perrella and Pat Stephens, webmaster. March 2006

Photo courtesy of the USN War College

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