Getting started

How to search for a USS Abbot crewman

Welcome aboard U.S.S. Abbot!

Whether you are looking for a relative or an old shipmate, this page will help you get started. We have information about virtually every Abbot crewman from 1943 to 1965.

Mediterranean Cruise, 1956

First, a few basics:

The official history tells Abbot’s story in a nutshell. If you don’t know anything about Abbot, this is the place to start. The very readable war diary of Vittie Sablinskas is an excellent place to get the feel for Abbot’s World War II experiences.

Our Google-based search engine is good place to look for specific names:

Also try searching the excellent Navy Memorial Log. We have links to other navy-related web sites, including many that specialize in Fletcher-class destroyers.

Many Resources Available

If you want the names of crew members who served simultaneously, see our monthly or quarterly muster rolls. They are indexed several ways to make searching easier and contain enough information to obtain personnel records from the military archives in St. Louis or to find a grave site using the Veterans Affairs cemetery database.

Crewmen who served during one of Abbot’s major cruises might be mentioned or seen in one of the four cruise books. You can print one page or an entire cruise book, or just download the whole file as a keepsake.

We have many photographs, especially from World War II, and not everyone is identified. If you recognize someone, please drop us a note; we are always interested in updating the photo captions.

If you have an old navy uniform and want to know what its insignia mean, we explain military ribbons, officer insignia, enlisted insignia and enlisted ranks.

You can plan a visit to one of the four surviving Fletcher-class destroyers that are kept as floating museums. Three are in the United States and one is in Greece. If you cannot visit one of the ships, the National Park Service offers a video tour of Cassin Young.

Navigating Our Site

To discover more about a crewman and his experiences, browse using the pull-down menus at the top of each page, or use the site index. Some of our official documents are quite large, so a fast Internet connection will help. This web site is designed to be easily navigated even by the handicapped or visually impaired.

Popup footnotes marked in green type are linked to major glossary terms; simply pass your pointing device over a photo, map, name, ship’s name or term. Links are in blue.

There are many other resources on this site. Please wander around and send us your comments.