Saturday, November 3, 2018
USS Abner Read-- Part 2: Operations Before the Mine Explosion
After a shakedown cruise along the California coast in April 1943, the Read left for the Aleutian Islands and started patrolling May 5. On 11 May, she shelled Japanese positions on Attu Island supporting a U.S. landing on the island. She again shelled the island May 16, before returning to California at the end of the month.
Two weeks in drydock and returned to the Aleutians in June and began patrolling off Japanese-occupied Kiska On 22 July 1943, the Read joined a general fleet bombardment of Kiska in Operation Cottage where a joint American-Canadian landed only to find the Japanese had withdrawn their troops.