Clarence Arthur Abele
Life & Career
Clarence Arthur Abele was born on October 30, 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts and was admitted to the United States Naval Academy from Massachusetts on September 6, 1894. After graduating with the Class of 1898 in April of 1898, Abele was attached to Winfield Scott Schley's flagship, U.S.S. Brooklyn (Cruiser: CA-3), taking part in the bombardment of Santiago during the Spanish-American War. Abele was commissioned an Ensign in 1900 and later served aboard U.S.S. Chester (Light cruiser: CL-1) from 1910 to 1913 while that ship was assigned to duty in Caribbean waters and the Gulf of Mexico protecting American interests in Mexico, Honduras, Santo Domingo, and Haiti.
In 1917, Abele served aboard U.S.S. Michigan (Battleship: BB-27) as Executive Officer, and on March 17, 1918, he assumed command of U.S.S. Maui (Troop transport: SP-1514), transporting troops and wounded between the United States and France during World War I. After the war, he was appointed Naval Attaché to Poland and later commanded U.S.S. New York (Battleship: BB-34) from 1926 to 1928 while that ship was overhauled. In 1930, he became Chief of Staff of the 1st Naval District and retired two years later to serve as Superintendent of the Massachusetts Nautical School (now the Massachusetts Maritime Academy). During World War II, Abele was recalled to active duty to command the Fargo Barracks in South Boston, serving in that position from January 1942 until his sudden death on September 12, 1944.
David E. Theleen
|Captain of U.S.S. New York
1 Jun, 1926 – 1928
Edward S. Jackson
- Register of Officers, 1928. pp. 12-13.