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USS ABNER READ (DD-526)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAEJ

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 40mm, 4 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. October 30 1941.
Launched August 18 1942 and commissioned February 5 1943.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Kamikaze Aircraft off Samar November 1 1944.
22 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Read 82kArtist's conception of the Read as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Abner Read 138kUSS Abner Read (DD-526) halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa April 1943, showing the ship as first completed. This image was retouched by wartime censors to eliminate radar antennas atop the foremast and Mark 37 gun director. It was also published reversed, so the bow points right instead of left. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107243.Robert Hurst
Abner Read 73kSan Francisco Navy Yard, April 2 1943.Robert M. Cieri
Abner Read 87kBow view of USS Abner Read (DD 526) off Hunters Point Navy Yard after her overhaul at that yard on 13 June 1943.Darryl Baker
Abner Read 67kStern view of USS Abner Read (DD 526) off Hunters Point Navy Yard after her overhaul at that yard on 26 June 1943.Darryl Baker
Abner Read 63kBroadside view of USS Abner Read (DD 526) off Hunters Point Navy Yard after her overhaul at that yard on 13 Jun 1943.Darryl Baker
Abner Read 98kUSS Abner Read lost most of her stern to a mine explosion in August of 1943. Repairs in Puget Sound, Washington.Gerd Matthes
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Affects of hitting a mine off Kiska, Alaska, 18 August 1943
Ed Zajkowski
Abner Read 74kUSS Abner Read (DD-526), after being hit by a Japanese "Val" single-engined dive bomber off Samar, while operating with T.G.77.1. She took only 36 minutes to plunge to the bottom of Letye Gulf, on 1 November 1944. Photo from "United States destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Abner Read 199kUSS Abner Read (DD-626) shortly before sinking on November 1, 1944. Smoke is probably from oil fire that continued to burn long after the ship had disappeared. Anti-aircraft fire is from gunfire directed at a third Kamikaze which was shot down approximately twenty five minutes after the Abner Read was hit. Source: United States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Gunfire/Bomb Damage/Loss Report No. 51.Mike Green/Mike Mohl
Abner Read 101kNo. 3 upper handling room fire on the USS Abner Read (DD-626) shortly after Kamikaze hit on November 1, 1944. Destroyer standing by is the USS Claxton (DD-571). Source: United States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Gunfire/Bomb Damage/Loss Report No. 51.Mike Green
Abner Read 413kBattle damage diagram dated November 1 1944. Source: Navy Department Library: Destroyer Gunfire, Bomb and Kamikaze Damage Report; War Damage Report No. 51.Mike Green

USS ABNER READ DD-526 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thomas Burrowes    Feb 5 1943 - Oct 14 1943 (Later RADM)
CDR Thomas Boyd Hutchins III    Oct 14 1943  Oct 1 1944
CDR Arthur Montgomery Purdy    Oct 1 1944 - Nov 1 1944

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Wilburn H. Potter
Address: 2213 Oriole Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
Phone: 719-633-5895
E-mail: RVing13@aol.com

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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