Capt. J.L. Abbot, Jr., USN, Radm (Ret)

Captain J. Lloyd Abbot, Jr., was born in Mobile, AL, on June 26, 1918. He is the son of Captain J. Lloyd Abbot, USNR (Ret), and Mrs. Helen Abbot who were both also born in Mobile.

In 1934, Captain Abbot graduated from Murphy High School of Mobile.  After attending Spring Hill College for one year, he was appointed as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. He was graduated from the Academy in 1939 and commissioned as Ensign, U.S. Navy.

Captain Abbot’s assignments at sea have included, in 1939 to the USS Enterprise (CV-6) as Assistant Navigator; during the later part of 1939 to 1941, aboard the USS Gilmer (DD-233) in various billets, the last of which was First Lieutenanant and Gunnery Officer; in 1942 to VS-1-D14 as Flight Officer; in 1943 and 1944 to VS-66 as Commanding Officer; in 1946 to 1948 to VF-42 (Aboard the USS F.D. Roosevelt) as Commanding Officer; in 1951 and 1952 to VU-4 as Commanding Officer; in 1955 and 1956 to the USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) as Operations Officer and Executive Officer.

In 1956 and 1957 Captain Abbot was assigned to the staff of Commander Carrier Division TWO (embarked aboard the USS Coral Sea, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, and USS Randolph) as Operations Officer; in 1960 to the USS Valcour (AVP-55) as Commanding Officer. Upon assuming command of the USS Intrepid (CVA-11) on May 24, 1961, he thus undertook his fifth command.

Shore-duty tours during Captain Abbot’s career have included; Flight Training; at the staffs of the Chief of Naval Air Training and Chief of Naval Air Basic Training; at OPNAV; at the Armed Forces Staff College; and as Executive Officer, Bancroft Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Captain Abbot married the former Miss Marjorie Grubbs of Norfolk, VA, on June 21, 1941, and have three children. Their sons, oldest, Lloyd III, and Steve, both also attained Navy Captain ranks. Admiral Abbot passed away mid 2012.

Captain Abbot has one brother, CDR R.T. Abbot, (SC) USNR, and one sister, LCDR Helen T. Abbot USNR, both of whom reside in Mobile.

Ref: Mediterranean Cruise Book – 1961-1962

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