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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- U.S.S. Defense (AM-317)
"The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Gordon Abbott, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Minesweeper U.S.S. DEFENSE (AM-317), during operations off the coast of Okinawa on 6 April 1945. When three enemy suicide planes made a simultaneous attack on his ship, one was shot down but damaging hits were made by the other two. Despite the continuing air attack, Commander Abbott skillfully maneuvered his ship and picked up and gave medical aid to fifty survivors of a more seriously damaged ship. Then, by expert seamanship, he took in tow of the badly damaged and disabled U.S.S. LEUTZE and towed her to safety. His gallantry and determination in action were outstanding and his conduct was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."