Friday, November 2, 2018
USS Abner Read (DD-526)-- Part 1: Fletcher-Class Destroyer
The USS Abner Read was a Fletcher-class destroyer named after Lieutenant Commander Abner Read (1820-1863) who died in the Civil War. It saw action in the Aleutian Islands Campaign where its stern was blown off by a Japanese mine in 1943.
After repairs, she returned to service and was involved in the New Guinea Campaign and the Battle of Leyte. She was sunk off Leyte in 1944.
Built by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation of San Francisco. Laid down 30 October 1941, launched 18 August 1842 and commissioned 5 February 1943. Commander Thomas Burrowes commanding.
376.6 feet long, 39.8 foot beam, 336 crew, Five 5-inch guns, 17 AA guns, ten torpedo tubes, six depth charge projectors and two depth charge racks.