marker for Robert L. Abe in Sunset Memorial Park, Cumberland (Allegany
Robert was a member of
Company H and participated in the jump into Holland, 17 Sept 1944.
He was listed as "slightly wounded: in action on 21
September 1944 and evacuated to a field hospital.
On 22 December 1944, Pvt Abe was transferred to the
Detachment of Patients.
On 15 February 1945, he was transferred from the 3rd
Replacement Depot to Company H, 508th PIR.
His military decorations include the Purple Heart and the
Bronze Service Arrowhead device which was awarded for the Holland
campaign and Airborne operations and the Good Conduct Medal.
CUMBERLAND — Robert L. Abe, 83, of Cumberland, passed
away Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Devlin Manor Nursing Home.
Born July 17, 1925, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Clayton
and Bernice (Buckley) Abe. He was also preceded in death by four
brothers, Phillip, Aden, Richard, and Ivan, and one sister, Edith
Mr. Abe retired from the US Postal Service as a superintending engineer.
He also owned and operated Raco Service Co. and Allegany Chemicals and
Coatings in Cumberland. He was a graduate of Fort Hill High School class
Mr. Abe was a veteran of World War II serving with the 508th Parachute
Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition to his service
awards including the Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal, European,
African and Middle Eastern Ribbons, World War II Victory Ribbon and the
Distinguished Unit Badge. He also received the Belgium and the Dutch
Lanyard from the country of Holland for valor in action. Mr. Abe stayed
in Europe after the close hostilities, serving as a member of General
Eisenhower's Personal Honor Guard at SHAEF Headquarters in Frankfort,
Germany. He returned to the states to march in the lead unit of the
Victory Parade in New York City.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Doris R. (Rice) Abe; sons,
Steven D. Abe, of Ridgeley, and Robert M. Abe and wife Kelly, of Falling
Waters, W.Va.; daughters, Christy Loffert and husband John, of LaVale,
and Leslie Young, of Gettysburg, Pa.; brothers, Roger Abe and wife
Maryann, and Lawrence Abe, of Frostburg; eleven grandchildren, Tracy
Casto, Jody Kile, Fred Farrell Jr., Jennifer Willow, Ashley Young, Cole
Young, Beth Bollinger, Kelly Abe, Stephanie Abe, Steven Abe Jr. and Jeff
Abe; two step-grandchildren, Bradey Loffert and Raleigh Loffert and
At his request his body will be cremated.
There will be a graveside memorial service held at Sunset Memorial Park
on Wednesday at noon.
Military honors will be accorded by Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.
Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, is
assisting the family.
Cumberland, MD, December 28, 2008]