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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.
93 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Abner Read 73kAbner Read (DD-526), date and location unknown.Dave Wright
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. Note the misspelling of her name as well.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107243
Robert Hurst
Abner Read 73kOff San Diego, 02 April 1943.Robert M. Cieri
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Three views of USS Abner Read (DD-526) off Hunters Point, 13 June 1943, after repairs in the drydock there, 02-11 June. Abner Read departed for Alaskan waters soon after this photo was taken.
Darryl Baker
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War Damage Report No. 50, covering the effects of Abner Read hitting a mine off Kiska, Alaska, 18 August 1943
Ed Zajkowski
Abner Read 98kUSS Abner Read under repair at Puget Sound Navy Yard after losing her stern to a mine. She was under repair in Puget Sound from 07 October to 02 December 1943.Gerd Matthes
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 Leyte Gulf, 01 November 1944. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Abner Read 199kUSS Abner Read (DD-526) shortly before sinking on 01 November 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. From 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-526) shortly after Kamikaze hit on 01 November 1944. Destroyer standing by is the USS Claxton (DD-571). From United States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Gunfire/Bomb Damage/Loss Report No. 51.Mike Green
Abner Read 413kBattle damage diagram dated 01 November 1944. From United States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Gunfire/Bomb Damage/Loss Report No. 51.Mike Green
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The wreck of Abner Read's stern was discovered in July 2018 by Project Recover, a Scripps Institute of Oceanography research mission funded by the NOAA. The wreckage lies some 290 feet below the surface of the Bering Sea. The expedition conducted a memorial serivce for the 70 crewmen whose war grave this is. Photos by Project Recover via AP.
Emmanuel NT

USS ABNER READ DD-526 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

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.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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