Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential

Center

 

Lloyd E. Abbott

 

LH-260

Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

 

Introduction

 

This collection was given to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Lloyd E. Abbott on January 20, 1999. Permission to use this collection for research purposes was granted by the donor.

 

 

Biographical Sketch

 

Lloyd E. Abbott was the seventh child born to Ervin Arleanous and Cora Marie Ledermann Abbott on October 30th, 1925. The Mathias Ledermann family emigrated to the U.S. from Vörstetten, Germany in 1866. They settled in Sandusky County near Gibsonburg. Their son, Reinhard Ledermann married Anna Elisabeth Burk (Bork) in Sandusky County in 1871

 

In 1943 Lloyd Abbott volunteered for the United States Marine Corps and began training in early 1944. By November of 1944 he had been shipped out to Maui for practice maneuvers in amphibious landings and by January he had been transported to Saipan where the 4th Marine Division linked up with the 5th and 3rd divisions to attack Iwo Jima.

 

  

Abbott landed on Iwo Jima three days after the initial landings and remained there for the duration of the battle, approximately one month. In recounting his experiences in 1994, he recalled hearing the uproar on the island during the raising of the American flag, but he did not see it. Following Iwo Jima he returned to Hawaii with this division and shortly after the war concluded in the Pacific.

After the war, Lloyd returned home to live with his mother on the family farm in Burgoon, Ohio and remained in farming his entire life. His mother died in 1980 and following her death, Abbott intensely researched his family history on his mother’s side. He traced the family back to Vörstetten, Germany and summarized the family’s genealogy through several generations. Lloyd E. Abbott died in 2008.

           

Scope and Content

 

The collection consists of documents, photographs and a genealogy of the Ledermann/Bork family compiled by Mr. Abbott. His research extends many generations back through the Ledermann family who resided in the village of Vörstetten, Germany. Original vital records and other documents augment the genealogy.

 

The collection also contains a photographic album and a family correspondence album covering the years he served with the Marines during WWII, 1944-1946. It contains letters from Ervin Abbott (1885-1949) and Cora Abbott (1892-1980) and their children: Oral Abbott (1911-1999), Oleta Mae Nitschke (1914-1997) and her husband (m. 1937) Wesley Raymond Nitschke (1909-1966), Dale Abbott (1916-2008), LeRoy Abbott (1919-Present), Russell (aka Mike) Abbott (1921-1999), Lloyd Abbott (1925-2008) and R.J. Abbott (1927-2004).

             

The remaining pieces of the collection contain training manuals and handbooks for WWII Marines, a history of the Fourth Marine Division in World War II published in 1946 and numerous postcards and pictures from various places Abbott was stationed during the war. Lastly, there is a Japanese officer’s cap from Iwo Jima.

 

Inventory

Ac. 5268, 5466

 

Box 1

 

Album No. 2 Ledermann Family

The Marine’s Handbook

Japanese Officer’s Cap and Postcards

One Volume entitled The 4th Marine Division in World War II

Staff Officers Field Manual

 

Box 2

 

Folder 1

 

Original Baptismal Record of Anna Elizabeth Bork

Letter from Manfred Gross, Vörstetten, Germany

 

Folder 2

 

Combination Score Book for U.S. Rifles M1903 and M1 and Browning Automatic Rifle M1982A2

 

Message Book U.S. Marine Corps

Restricted Individual Battle Doctrine NAVMC-1013-DPP

Restricted Japanese Infantry Weapons

 

Folder 3

 

WWII photographs and Memorabilia of Lloyd E. Abbott (one album)

Ledermann/Bork Family Genealogy (one album)

 

Box 3

 

Abbott, Cora

 

June 23, 1944

June 27, 1944

July 1, 1944

July 19, 1944

July 25, 1944

Aug. 14, 1944

Aug. 18, 1944

Aug 27, 1944

Sept. 5, 1944

Sept 10, 1944

Sept. 19, 1944

Sept. 24, 1944

Oct. 5, 1944

Oct 10, 1944

Oct. 29, 1944

Nov. 8, 1944

Dec. 17, 1944

Dec. 25, 1944

Dec. 31, 1944

Jan. 9, 1945

Feb. 6, 1945

Feb. 11, 1945

Jan 16, 1946

Jan. 23, 1946

Feb. 1, 1946

Dec. 16, 1946

Feb. 21, 1946

Feb. 24, 1946

Mar. 4, 1946

 

Abbott, Dale

 

Oct. 29, 1945

Aug. 6, 1944

 

Abbott, Ervin

 

July 6, 1944

Dec. 10, 1944

Jan. 29, 1945

May 16, 1945

Oct. 2, 1944

 

Abbott, LeRoy W.

 

Dec. 20, 1944

Jan. 3, 1945

Sept. 1, 1944

June 24,

Aug. 21

June 5, 1944

June 11th, 1944

Dec. 17, 1944

July 14, 1944

Feb. 6, 1945

Undated

 

Abbot, Lloyd E.

 

Nov 11, 1944

Nov 12, 1944

May 2, 1945

Feb 1, 1945

Feb. 10, 1945

Apr. 19, 1945

Nov. 3, 1944

Nov. 4, 1944

Undated (California)

Nov. 5, 1944

Nov. 7, 1944

Nov. 8, 1944

Nov. 10, 1944

Nov. 3, 1944

May 6, 1945

July 4, 1945

Dec. 1945

Apr. 8, 1945

Mar. 19, 1945

Undated

Oct. 28, 1945

Oct. 14, 1945

Sept. 25, 1945

Sept. 28, 1945

Sept. 30, 1945

Sept. 4, 1945

 

Abbott, Oleta Mae

 

Sept 20, 1944

 

Abbott, Oral A.

Sept 10, 1944

 

Abbott, Russell (aka Mike, Ike) B.

 

Undated

“Sun Night”

“Friday P.M.”

“Sun Afternoon”

Fri. 16th

“Mon P.M.”

“Sun. Afternoon”

“Mon. Nite”

Dec. 24, 1944

Jan. 10, 1945

Dec. 20, 1945

Aug. 6, 1944

 

Abbott, R.J.

 

Oct. 2, 1944

Jan 18, 1945

Jan 1, 1946

 

Gill, Luther T.

 

Dec. 8, 1943

 

Halley, William

 

Dec. 8, 1943

 

Langham, Carl (aka Tex)

 

Dec. 27, 1927

 

Murphy, Jean

Feb. 6, 1946

 

Nitschke, Wesley Raymond

 

Aug 28, 1944

Feb. 20, 1946

Oct. 11, 1944

Oct. 14, 1944

Oct. 18, 1944

Jan. 25, 1946

Jan. 31, 1945

Undated

Feb. 16, 1945

Jan. 4, 1945

Jan. 17, 1945

Dec. 7, 1945

July 18, 1944

Undated

Dec. 27, 1944

Sept. 6, 1944

June 25, 1944

Aug. 17, 1944

Jan. 31, 1946

Oct. 7, 1944

Nov. 8, 1944

July 1, 1944

Jan. 10, 1945

Jan. 9, 1946

Jan. 31, 1946

Feb. 29, 1946

Feb. 7, 1946

Feb 14, 1946

 

Nelson, Alma

 

July 3, 1944

Sept. 7, 1944

Dec. 15, 1944

 

Schlesinger, Ruth

 

Aug. 25, 1944

 

Smith, C.J.

 

Jan. 4, 1945

 

Unknown

 

Sept. 26, 1944

Aug. 14, 1944

 

Van Horn, W.H.

 

Dec. 2, 1943

 

Miscellaneous

 

Itinerary