ABBOTT, LLOYD E.

Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-260
Location: LH-260

(Description ID: 594353)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

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 11, 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