Envelopes mailed from Abbot in December 1944 and June 1945. The writer is Charlie Angevine, who served aboard from 1943 to 1946.
When the top envelope was sent, Abbot was escorting a convoy to Leyte, Philippines, from New Noumea, Hollandia. The censor’s initials “LES” are those of Lt. Lee Edward Schmidt, the assistant gunnery officer; he reported aboard in August 1944.
When the bottom envelope was sent, Abbot was moored at San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines, and the crew was relaxing with softball and routine upkeep. The censor’s initials “BK” are those of Lt. (j.g.) Blair Krimmel, the assistant first lieutenant, who reported aboard in mid-1944.