LEWIS H ABRAMS
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HONORED ON PANEL 30E, LINE 83 OF THE WALL

LEWIS HERBERT ABRAMS

WALL NAME

LEWIS H ABRAMS

PANEL / LINE

30E/83

DATE OF BIRTH

08/17/1929

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/25/1967

HOME OF RECORD

MONTCLAIR

COUNTY OF RECORD

Essex County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

COL

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POSTED ON 8.14.2022
POSTED BY: Raymond Burns

Remembering the Skipper

The Col. and I flew together at Cherry Point NC (MAG-14) and went to DaNang on the same set of Orders about April 1967. When his plane went missing we went up on a two-plane mission the next morning to cruise the coast and call for them on Guard channel.
Those were some tough nights of Rolling Thunder missions into Route Package Six.
He was a great Marine and Commanding Officer to the Bats of 242. RIP Skipper.
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POSTED ON 4.12.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will never truly die.
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POSTED ON 2.7.2021

Final Mission of COL Lewis H. Abrams

On November 25, 1967, pilot COL Lewis H. Abrams and bombardier/navigator 1LT Robert E. Holdeman were the crewmen of a U.S. Marine Corps A-6A Intruder (#152612), callsign Packard, from Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) 242 (VMA[AW]-242), Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11),1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW), on a single aircraft night strike mission against the Kien An Airfield near Haiphong, NVN. An EA-6A electronic countermeasure (ECM) aircraft and three F-4B fighter-bombers flew in support of the mission. At 4:25 AM, COL Abrams radioed that they had crossed the coast of North Vietnam and were on track for the target. The ECM aircraft remained on station until 4:57 AM with no further contact with Abrams. They reported that no anti-aircraft artillery or surface-to-air missile firings were observed during the time they orbited the proposed track for the target run. A sea-air rescue mission for the missing Intruder was conducted along the ingress and egress routes of the mission strike with negative results. Both Abrams and Holdeman were place in Missing in Action status. In 1995, a Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA) search and recovery mission excavated a crash site and recovered remains and other items that were consistent with the loss of Abrams’ A-6A. Equipment found at the site indicated that both crewmen were in the aircraft at the time of impact. The human remains were repatriated and positively identified in June 1997. Abrams was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Holdeman was promoted to Major during the time they were missing. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 8.17.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Colonel Lewis Herbert Abrams, Served with Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 242 [VMA-242 (AW)], Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 11.25.2016
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Navy Cross Citation

Lewis Herbert Abrams
Date of birth: August 17, 1929
Date of death: MIA: October 25, 1967
Burial location: Honolulu, HI
Place of Birth: New Jersey, Montclair
Home of record: Montclair New Jersey
Status: MIA

Lewis Abrams was listed as Missing in Action after the action that earned him the Navy Cross on October 25, 1967. His remains were recovered on June 16, 1997, and returned to the United States.
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Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Colonel [then Lieutenant Colonel ] Lewis Herbert Abrams (MCSN: 0-53788), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Marine All Weather Attack Squadron TWO HUNDRED FORTY-TWO (VMA(AW)-242), First Marine Aircraft Wing, and as Pilot of an A6A Intruder aircraft in Vietnam. In the early morning hours of 25 October 1967, Colonel Abrams, in the first Marine aircraft to strike at the heart of North Vietnam's Air Force, exhibited outstanding courage and presence of mind in the midst of violent combat action as he successfully completed a high-priority mission by bombing the principal military airfield in North Vietnam. A highly effective integrated complex of hundreds of radar-controlled anti-aircraft weapons, barrage weapons with steel cables extending hundreds of feet into the air, two enemy airfields with MIG interceptor aircraft, and many active surface-to-air missile sites protected every approach to his target. Acting on an urgent fragmentary order, Colonel Abrams personally took charge of the preparations for a multi-plane, multi-squadron attack against the formidably defended Phuc Yen airfield. Barely six hours before takeoff time another fragmentary order was received, modifying the previous plan and requiring Colonel Abrams to make extensive last-minute changes in navigation and attack procedures, which allowed no margin for error. With grim determination, he promptly made corrections in heading, altitude, and airspeed and accurately delivered his bombs on the runway at Phuc Yen. Under the most demanding conditions of degraded systems operation, low-level flight in mountainous terrain in darkness, and in the face of a vicious volume of anti-aircraft and guided missile fire, Colonel Abrams courageously accomplished his mission of devastating the runway at Phuc Yen. His bravery and determination throughout the bitter action were an inspiration to all who were involved and were instrumental in accomplishing this crucial mission. By his intrepid fighting spirit, daring initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty, Colonel Abrams reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: October 25, 1967

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Colonel

Company: All Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242)

Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
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