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Mannert Lincoln Abele
July 11, 1903(1903-07-11) – 1942 (aged 38–39)
Place of birth Quincy, Massachusetts
Place of death Lost at sea
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1920-1942
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Commands held USS Grunion
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Navy Cross

Lieutenant Commander Mannert Lincoln Abele, USN was a World War II submarine commander who posthumously received the Navy Cross for his heroism in the Pacific Theater.

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Abele was born July 11, 1903 in Quincy, Mass., enlisted in the United States Navy August 12, 1920; was appointed midshipman in June 1922; and was commissioned ensign June 3, 1926 following graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He completed training at the Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut in 1929; and, prior to America's entry into World War II, he commanded submarines R-13 and S-31.

Promoted to lieutenant commander December 1, 1940, he assumed command of the USS Grunion (SS-216) at her commissioning April 11, 1942 and took her out of Pearl Harbor June 30 on her first and only war patrol. Grunion steamed to the western Aleutians where from 15 to July 30 she sank two 300-ton patrol boats, heavily damaged a third, and twice escaped enemy depth charge attacks. Because of intensive antisubmarine activity off Kiska Island, she was ordered to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, July 30. She did not arrive and was reported missing and presumed lost August 16.

For extraordinary heroism during an aggressive war patrol, LCDR Abele was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Abele's three sons financed a search for their father's lost ship. On August 22, 2007, USS Grunion was found by the search team in the Bering Sea off the coast of the Aleutian Islands in about 1000 meters of water.

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