Special Agent James Terry Abbott

Special Agent James Terry Abbott

United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, January 11, 1971

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James Terry Abbott

Special Agent James Abbott was shot and killed in the Thua Thien province of Vietnam while attempting to disarm a soldier who had taken a hostage in an observation tower at Camp Evans.

The soldier had threatened his commanding officer and first sergeant before climbing into the observation tower with his M-16 rifle.

Agent Abbott was called to the location and attempted to talk the soldier into releasing the hostage. He was able to gain access to the tower and while talking with the subject attempted to disarm him. During the struggle, Agent Abbott was shot and killed.

Agent Abbott was posthumously awarded the Soldier's Medal. Agent Abbott was also awarded the Bronze Medal for his heroic actions. Additionally, the U.S. Army named the CIS Building at Fort Knox, Ky. after him.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Overseas
  • Weapon Rifle; M-16
  • Offender Not available


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Agent Abbott,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 11, 2021

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