James Lloyd “Doc” Abbot, IV

James Lloyd “Doc” Abbot, IV

Birth
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
Death 10 Aug 2012 (aged 94)
Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, USA
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
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Graduated USNA and commissioned Ensign on 1 June 1939, graduated from flight school in Miami, Florida on 25 November 1941, designated Naval Aviator #8529, he subsequently advanced in rank to that of Rear Admiral 30 May 1967.

Author: "The Navy vs. 'Going Steady'," by Capt. J. L. Abbot, Jr. U.S.N. , SATURDAY EVENING POST, 1 March 1958.

In May 1961 he became Commanding Officer of the USS Intrepid (CVA-11), which, under his command, won the Air Force, Atlantic Fleet Battle Efficiency Pennant for the fiscal year 1962. The Intrepid was the recovery ship for Astronaut Scott Carpenter after his 3-orbit flight in May 1962.

In February 1967 he assumed command of the US Naval Support Force, Antarctica, with headquarters in Washington, DC, and 'for exceptionally meritorious service from February 1967 to June 1969...' in that capacity was awarded the Legion of Merit for Operation Deep Freeze.
Author: "Flight Into Antarctic Darkness," NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Magazine, November 1967, vol. 132, No. 5.

The Abbot Ice Shelf in Antarctica was named for him.
A book, "Antarctica: An Encyclopedia from Abbott (sic) Ice Shelf to Zooplankton" (2002) by Mary Trewby, misspells the name right in the title and on the front cover.

Doc Abbot was the recipient of two Legion of Merit awards and the Navy Commendation Medal.


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