Allied Warships

USS Abner Read (DD 526)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 526 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down30 Oct 1941 
Launched18 Aug 1942 
Commissioned5 Feb 1943 
Lost1 Nov 1944 
Loss position10° 47'N, 125° 22'E

USS Abner Read (Cdr. Arthur Montgomery Purdy, USN) was sunk by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft in Leyte Gulf, Philippines in position 10º47'N, 125º22'E. 24 died and 54 were wounded, 257 survivors including the Commanding officer were rescued by the USS Claxton/Richard P Leary.


Commands listed for USS Abner Read (DD 526)

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1T/Cdr. Thomas Burrowes, USN5 Feb 194314 Oct 1943
2T/Cdr. Thomas Boyd Hutchins, 3rd, USN14 Oct 19431 Oct 1944
3T/Cdr. Arthur Montgomery Purdy, USN1 Oct 19441 Nov 1944

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Notable events involving Abner Read include:

18 Aug 1943
(Cdr Thomas Burrowes, USN) Mined off Kiska, stern blown off and was towed by the USS Bancroft/Ute; 71 died and 47 were wounded.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
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U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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