Woodbury County

Lt. Abe Francis Cohen





Lt. Abe Francis Cohen, son of Mrs. Ella B. Cohen, 1800 Jones street, has been commended by the secretary of the navy with the following citation: “For courageous conduct on the occasion of the sinking of the U.S.S. Quincy during a night battle with Japanese forces off the Solomon islands in August, 1942. After the abandonment of the ship, Ensign Cohen quickly and efficiently organized a life raft convoy and, completely disregarding the hazards involved, repeatedly swam out to the aid of injured shipmates floundering in the water and brought them to safety. His splendid initiative, prompt action, and unselfish efforts in the face of grave peril undoubtedly saved the lives of several comrades and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service.”

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 18, 1945