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James Samuel Abbott III


Plain Dealer from November 24 to November 25, 2009, James Samuel Abbott, III, Passed away at his Gates Mills, Ohio residence November 22nd, 2009. Mr. Abbott was born in Cleveland, Ohio, November 19, 1918. He graduated from University School in 1936 and went to Cornell University where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. During WWII, Jim served initially in Cleveland's 107th Calvary, before he went into the US Army's Officer Candidate School. Jim went on to serve as an Aviation Ordnance Officer in the 670th Bomb Squadron of the Army Air Corps in both England and in France and was honorable discharged as a Captain in 1945. Jim returned to Cleveland and joined the National ACME Company, moving to the Chicago office in 1950 and back to Cleveland in 1964. After the merger with Cleveland Twist Drill, he became the manager of the Threading Tool Division until his retirement in 1983. Jim immediately formed his own consulting company, the JSA Consulting Company, and was the exclusive U.S. representative, manager and distributor for the Wilhelm Fette Co. of Hamburg, Germany until he retired again at the age of eighty-five. Another of Jim's accomplishments was his recognition in several editions of Who's Who in American Business, as an authority on Threading Tools, for their design and application. Over the years, Jim had a fascination with cars that lead to his racing them while he was in Chicago. He competed in many road races with his Porsche, restored Alfa Romeos, and became the Regional Governor of the Sports Car Club of America, Chicago Chapter. He was a long time member of the Vintage car Club of America. Genealogy was another of Jim's hobbies. This led to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Colonial Wars and service as the Past Governor of the Ohio Chapter of the Founders and Patriots of America.


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  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...

  • Laon/Athies

    Military site : airfield

  • Melun

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Cleveland, OH, USA 19 November 1918
Died Gates Mills, OH 44040, USA 22 November 2009


Date Contributor Update
12 July 2017 09:37:16 113337 Changes to events
9th Air Force Association - 1996 Membership Directory

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2017 09:31:27 113337 Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and place associations