Robert R. Abbott Jr was born on August 5, 1941 in Bloomsburg, PA. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in September of 1962. One of his tours was in Anchorage, Alaska, and was on duty as a radioman when the earthquake of March 27, 1964 hit. He spent time in St. Louis, Missouri doing duty on the Mississippi River. After four years in active duty he joined the Reserves. He married in December of 1966 and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. His assignment was along the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota.
With the GI Bill he finished his college degree and moved to Denver, Colorado, and joined the unit there. They worked Green River in Wyoming and Chatfield Reservoir in Denver. He retired on January 1, 2000 as a Chief Warrant Officer W-4 after 37 years of service. Two week duty in the summers were spent in various ports on the East and West Coast. He loved the game of golf and you would find him on the courses most every weekend even in the winter in Denver. He volunteered for many of the activities his daughters participated in. He passed away February 20, 2006 and was laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, two daughters/son-in-laws, and five grandchildren.
Robert's family donated a belt buckle from his Coast Guard uniform and a dog tag. Both were included in the metal used to cast The Honor Bell.