Abel, Brent M. - from United States
Country of meeting: Isle of Aves Camp in the year 2002
He was a partner at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco, where he specialized in estate planning and taxes, and he was president of both the San Francisco and California bar associations. During WWII, he was lieutenant commander of the destroyer escort USS Buckley when, on May 6, 1944, his 28th birthday, his ship rammed a German U-boat. During the engagement, German soldiers boarded the destroyer and engaged in hand-to-hand combat for control of the Buckley. Under Abel’s command, the destroyer reversed its engines, sank the sub and rescued 36 German crew members. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions.
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