USS Abner Read (DD 526)
Destroyer of the Fletcher class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||9 Sep 1940|
|Laid down||30 Oct 1941|
|Launched||18 Aug 1942|
|Commissioned||5 Feb 1943|
|Lost||1 Nov 1944|
|Loss position||10° 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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|1||Lcmdr Thomas Burrowes, USN||5 Feb 1943||14 Oct 1943|
|2||T/Cdr. Thomas Boyd Hutchins, 3rd, USN||14 Oct 1943||1 Oct 1944|
|3||Arthur Montgomery Purdy, USN||1 Oct 1944||1 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.