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|73k||Abner Read (DD-526), date and location unknown.||Dave Wright|
|138k||USS 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
|73k||Off San Diego, 02 April 1943.||Robert M. Cieri|
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.
War Damage Report No. 50, covering the effects of Abner Read hitting a mine off Kiska, Alaska, 18 August 1943
|98k||USS 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|
|74k||USS 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|
|199k||USS 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|
|101k||No. 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|
|413k||Battle damage diagram dated 01 November 1944. From United States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Gunfire/Bomb Damage/Loss Report No. 51.||Mike Green|
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.
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
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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