Abbot (DD 628) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1958

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COMMANDING OFFICER CDR. ROBERT M. POND, U. S. NAVY The Captain was born in San Francisco, California and comes from a Navy family, his grandfather having been a Rear Admiral, his father and uncle both Commanders. His brother is now skipper of the USS AUCILLA. Captain Pond attended the University of California at Berkeley, receiving his commission from the NROTC unit there in 1943. Commander Pond's first duty assignment was with the USS BOYD fDD-5441, then being commissioned. He served aboard her until March, 1945, in the capacities of CIC Ofhcer, Communications Ofhcer, Assistant Gunnery Officer and Fighter Director Officer. During this tour of duty the BOYD partici- pated inithe following major operations: Central Pacihc Raids 119431 Asiatic-Pacihc Raids 09411, attacks, assault and capture of Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Hollandia, 1fVestern New Guinea, Marianas, Mfestern Caroline Islands, Leyte and Iwo Jima. After the war, Commander Pond served with the Executive Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, ttntil 1948. He then was assigned as Operations Oflicer for Com- mander Destroyer Squadron 11 with the Pacific Fleet and participated, among other things, in the evacuation of Shanghai. Upon the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, June 1950 he participated in all types of operations as Chief Staff Officer and Gunnery Officer for Commander Destroyer Squadron 11, who was a task group commander in command of all U.S. destroyers in the XVestern Pacific. Since 1951 Commander Pond has served in turn with the Fleet Operational Readiness Divi- sion of the Ofhce of the Chief of Naval Opera- tions, as Executive Officer of the USS HAMNER tDD'718j in the Pacific, and as Gunnery Officer of the USS ESSEX QCVA-91 in both Atlantic and Pacific waters. He assumed command of the USS ABBOT on 19 April 1958. Commander Pond is married to the former Miss Kathleen Alice Kellar of San Francisco. They have three children: Judith, born 19475 Allison, born 1950, and Robert, jr., born 1958. If ABB It v My L. t., . 11. L, xl g.. , ,Ax w ' 's A gt. .,X N. Y , . . 5, -.Fla 'N T' N. Epi'-Q. N,! U' an XR

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