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Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME December 9 1943.
Launched April 23 1944 and commissioned July 4 1944.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Kamikaze aircraft off Okinawa April 12 1945.
73 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Abele 140kMannert Lincoln Abele, born 11 July 1903 in Quincy, Mass., enlisted in the Navy 12 August 1920; was appointed midshipman in June 1922; and was commissioned ensign 3 June 1926 following graduation from the Naval Academy. He completed training at the Submarine Base, New London, Conn., in 1929; and, prior to America’s entry into World War II, he commanded submarines R-13 and S-31. Promoted to lieutenant commander 1 December 1940, he assumed command of Grunion at her commissioning 11 April 1942 and took her out of Pearl Harbor 30 June on her first and only war patrol. Grunion steamed to the western Aleutians where from 15 to 30 July she sank two 300-ton patrol boats, heavily damaged a third, and twice escaped enemy depth charge attacks. Because of intensive antisubmarine activity off Kiska Island, she was ordered to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, 30 July. She did not arrive and was reported missing and presumed lost 16 August. Her loss remains a mystery, whether from operational causes or from a successful but unrecorded enemy attack. For extraordinary heroism during an aggressive war patrol, Lt. Comdr. Abele was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.Bill Gonyo
Abele 154kArtist's conception of the Abele as built in a cutaway view 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
Abele 54kUndated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 11a.Contributed in Memory of ENS. Richard W. Lamkin Sr., WWII crewmember by his son R.W. Lamkin Jr.
Abele 120kLaunching, April 23 1944 at Bath, Maine.Mannert L. Abele's sons Bruce, Brad and John Abele
Abele 119kLaunching, April 23 1944 at Bath, Maine.Mannert L. Abele's sons Bruce, Brad and John Abele
Abele 161kLaunching, April 23 1944 at Bath, Maine.Mannert L. Abele's sons Bruce, Brad and John Abele
Abele 108k1 August 1944, NARA 80-G 382764.Rob Rielly
Abele 47kPhoto #: NH 46646. USS Mannert L. Abele (DD-733) off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 1 August 1944. She is wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 11A. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tracy White
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Alton Enoch Parker    Jul 4 1944 - Apr 12 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Roy S. Andersen
Address: 13 Algonquin Road, Worcester MA 01609-1701
Phone: 508-757-4980 and 508-945-4992
E-mail: None

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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