U.S.S. Abner Read
U.S.S. Abner Read
   
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(Atik Photo)
" U.S.S. Abner Read (DD-526) "
on June 13, 1943 off the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, California
Public Domain

 
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WW II
 

( All wording in " BRIGHT BLUE " within this document are clickable links ! )

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Completed !


U.S.S. Atik
Thursday,
" July 14, 2022 "

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U.S.S. Abner

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         The " U.S.S. Abner Read ( DD-526 ) " was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy named for " Lt. Commander Abner Read " who served in the American Civil War.

         The " U.S.S. Abner Read " was laid down on October 30, 1941 in San Francisco, California, by Bethlehem Steel and launched on August 18, 1942, sponsored by Mrs. John W. Gates.   The " Abner Read " was commissioned on February 5, 1943.

         On April 18, 1943 the " U.S.S. Abner Read " , at 01.50 hours on August 18, 1943, while patroling off Kiska Island in the Aluetian Islands struck a Japanese mine with the stern of the ship.   This set off the ship's smoke screen generator, which began to pour toxic smoke over the stern.   Men sleeping in the aft compartments suffered from smoke inhalation.   In the darkness, a few men fell through holes in the deck into fuel oil tanks below.

         The stern broke away and sank and about 90 men either went down with the stern or ended up in the water, which was covered with fuel oil.   About 20 men were pulled from the water, as was the body of a dead crewman.   The destroyer lost 2 crewman who were " Killed In Action ", 69 crewmen were " Missing In Action " and 47 of the crew were " wounded ".

To see those lost on the

" U.S.S. Abner Read "

on April 18, 1943 :

   

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The " U.S.S. Abner Read ( DD-526 ) "

Sunk by " 1 Bomb "

         The " U.S.S. Abner Read ( DD-526 ) " under the command of " T/Cdr. Arthur Montgomery Purdy ", while patrolling with Naval Task Group 77.1 in the lower Leyte Gulf, were attacked by a Japanese launched air attack.   At around 13:41, an Aichi D3A " Val " Japanese dive bomber approached the " Abner Read ".   The destroyer's antiaircraft guns blew a wing off the aircraft however it's bomb dropped down one of the " Abner Read's " stacks and exploded in her aft engine room.

         The aircraft crashed across the main deck, hitting the 40mm fire director, aft torpedo tubes, and then swept the port 20mm Oerlikons over the side and set fire to the aft section.   The ship lost water pressure making firefighting impossible and at 13:52, a large internal explosion caused her to list about 10 degrees to the starboard and soon the destroyer started to sink by the stern.

         At 14:15 the " Abner Read " rolled over on her starboard side and sank.   Other Destroyers quickly came to her aid and started to rescue survivors.

However
" 24 members "
of her crew were lost !

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         The following below listing was created in the memory of those that Served On " and " those who " GAVE THEIR ALL " on the " U.S.S. Abner Read ( DD-526 ) ".   There are personal "online memorials" for each of these honored men that were created for them by using the "Find A Grave" website.   You will see a blue " Yes " behind their names and by clicking on the " Yes " you will see a personal memorial that has been created for them by myself or someone else.

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BS
   Awarded the " Bronze Star " ~ ( 4th highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service )
BS+
   Awarded multiple " Bronze Stars " ~ ( Noted as an Oak Leaf Cluster attached to the " First " Bronze Star )
DSC
   Awarded the " Distinguished Service Cross " ~ ( 2nd highest award for extreme gallantry and risk of life )
DSM
   Awarded the " Distinguished Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for Exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States )
MOH
   Awarded the " Medal Of Honor " ~ ( Highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty )
NC
   Awarded the " Navy Cross " ~ ( 2nd highest military decoration for valor that may be awarded to a member of the Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard )
NMM
   Awarded the " Navy / Marine Medal " ~ ( Awarded for distinguishing oneself by heroism not involving actual conflict )
NSM
   Awarded the " Specially Meritorious Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for non-combat meritorious service for Navy Sailors )
PH
   Awarded the " Purple Heart " ~ ( Awarded for being wounded or killed in action )
PH+
   Awarded " Multiple Purple Hearts " ~ ( Noted as an Oak Leaf Clusters attached to the " First " Purple Heart. )
POW
   Awarded the " Prisoner Of War Medal " ~ ( Awarded for serving as a Prisoner of the enemy. )
PUC
   Awarded a " Presidential Unit Citation " ~ ( Awarded to a unit and/or ship for heroism or extraordinary achievement. )
SS
   Awarded the " Silver Star " ~ ( 3rd highest award ~ awarded for gallantry in action )
SS+
   Awarded multiple " Silver Stars " ~ ( Noted as an Oak Leaf Clusters attached to the " First " Silver Star. )

Other Medals
      Such as Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, American Defense Service Medals, etc. " Are Not " included in this listing.

= Photo of person shown on online memorial

= Photo of tombstone or listing shown on online memorial

n/a ~ ( in awards field ) = not applicable
n/a ~ ( in photo field ) = not applicable
n/a ~ ( in notes field ) = not applicable

Cenotaph
   A memorial stone only ~ ( remains not recovered, interred somewhere else, or possibly interred somewhere unknown )

( Those letters shown in " Maroon " below " currently " have no sailors listed on this ship ! )

[  A  ]  -  [  B  ]  -  [  C  ]  -  [  D  ]  -  [  E  ]  -  [  F  ]  -  [  G  ]

[  H  ]  -  [  I  ]  -  [  J  ]  -  [  K  ]  -  [  L  ]  -  [  M  ]  -  [  N  ]

[  O  ]  -  [  P  ]  -  [  Q  ]  -  [  R  ]  -  [  S  ]  -  [  T  ]  -  [  U  ]

[  V  ]  -  [  W  ]  -  [  X  ]  -  [  Y  ]  -  [  Z  ]

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Augustus, Wayne Herbert

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Gunner's
Mate
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Kansas
" Killed In Action "
Riverside
Cemetery
Waterville, KS
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Brewer, Robert Norries

  ~  PH+

Robert,
on April 18, 1943,
was wounded when
the Abner Read struck a mine !

Fireman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Colorado
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Bright, Alvin Martin

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Fireman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Oregon
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Brown, William Howard

  ~  PH

Fireman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Idaho
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Carr, John William, Jr.

  ~  PH

John died
" 7 Days Later "
from his wounds !

" Family Link Included "

Seaman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Missouri
" Died Of Wounds "
" Survivor "
Memorial
Park Cemetery
Kansas City, MO
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 8, 1944

  Chipman, Emmitt David, Jr.

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Torpedoman's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S. Navy
Arizona
" Wounded In Action "
" Survivor "
Sunset Memorial
Oaks Cemetery
Del Rio, TX
" Yes "
Last Bell:
April 19, 2005

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Drapela, Frank Lambert

  ~  BS - PH

" Family Link Included "

Fire
Controlman
3rd Class
U.S. Navy
Arizona
" Wounded In Action "
" Survivor "
National Memorial
Cemetery
Phoenix, AZ
" Yes "
Last Bell:
July 14, 2005

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Last Names starting with " E " ~ " None Reported ! "

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Last Names starting with " F " ~ " None Reported ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Gawlowicz, Walter

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Torpedoman's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S. Navy
Connecticut
" Wounded In Action "
" Survivor "
In Memoriam
Cemetery
Wallingford, CT
" Yes "
Last Bell:
February 16, 2006

  Granby, Robert Lee

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Ship's Cook
3rd Class
U.S. Navy
Oregon
" Wounded In Action "
" Survivor "
Willamette
National Cemetery
Portland, OR
" Yes "
Last Bell:
June 27, 2012

  Griffin, Jimmy Cecil

N/A  ~  PH

Seaman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
California
" Wounded In Action "
" Survivor "
" Not Found "
Last Bell:
May 3, 1973

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Hallman, John Henry

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Seaman
2nd Class
U.S. Navy
New Jersey
" Wounded In Action "
" Survivor "
Zion Lutheran
Church Cemetery
Spring City, PA
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 24, 1973

  Hampshire, William Edward

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Seaman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Ohio
" Wounded In Action "
" Survivor "
Oakwood Cemetery
Fremont, OH
" Yes "
Last Bell:
September 8, 2009

  Harmon, George Kenneth

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Fire
Controlman
3rd Class
U.S. Navy
Kentucky
" Killed In Action "
Perryville Cemetery
Perryville, KY
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

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Last Names starting with " I " ~ " None Reported ! "

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Last Names starting with " J " ~ " None Reported ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Kephart, Anson Wade

  ~  PH

Seaman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Pennsylvania
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Kettle, Joseph Eugene

  ~  PH

Lieutenant
U.S. Navy
Illinois
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Longosz, Raymond Frederick

  ~  PH

Seaman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Illinois
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  McCluen, William Albert

  ~  SS - PH

Boatswain's
Mate
1st Class
U.S. Navy
California
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  McQueen, Paul Samuel, Jr.

N/A  ~  PH

Gunner's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S. Navy
Pennsylvania
" Wounded In Action "
" Survivor "
" Not Found "
Last Bell:
August 1, 2011

  Meyers, Charles Ralph

  ~  BS - PH

Machinist's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S. Navy
Oregon
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Moore, George Austin

N/A  ~  PH

Machinist's
Mate
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Oregon?
" Wounded In Action "
" Survivor "
" Not Found "
Last Bell:
Surviving?

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Last Names starting with " N " ~ " None Reported ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  O'Neill, William John, Jr.

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Ensign
U.S. Navy
New York
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Ortiz, David Landin

  ~  PH

David died
" 11 Days Later "
from his wounds !

Seaman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
California
" Died Of Wounds "
" Survivor "
Holy Cross
Cemetery
Culver City, CA
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 12, 1944

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Last Names starting with " P " ~ " None Reported ! "

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Last Names starting with " Q " ~ " None Reported ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Reynolds, Clarence, Sr.

  ~  PH

Seaman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Georgia
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Robson, Walstans Steel

  ~  PH

Son of
Mr. & Mrs. William Coburn Robson
of Long Beach, CA

Ensign
U.S. Navy
California
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Rohland, Robert Lloyd

  ~  PH

Robert died
" 7 Days Later "
from his wounds !

" Family Link Included "

Seaman
2nd Class
U.S. Navy
Washington
" Died Of Wounds "
" Survivor "
Acacia
Memorial Park
Lake Forest Park, WA
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 8, 1944

  Rooker, William Henry

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Seaman
2nd Class
U.S. Navy
Ohio
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Rossi, Emil Nick

  ~  PH

Boatswain's
Mate
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Ohio
" Killed In Action "
" Survivor "
Calvary Cemetery
Youngstown, OH
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Rudder, Lyles B.

  ~  PH

Lyles died
" 10 Days Later "
from his wounds !

" Family Link Included "

Seaman
2nd Class
U.S. Navy
Alabama
" Died Of Wounds "
" Survivor "
Cedar Hill
Cemetery
Scottsboro, AL
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 11, 1944

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Simmons, Timothy

  ~  BS - PH

Steward
3rd Class
U.S. Navy
Florida
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Tirabassi, Ernest

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Seaman
2nd Class
U.S. Navy
Ohio
" Killed In Action "
Calvary
Cemetery
Cleveland, OH

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Trosper, Frank

  ~  PH

Machinist's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S. Navy
Iowa
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

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Last Names starting with " U " ~ " None Reported ! "

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Last Names starting with " V " ~ " None Reported ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Warner, Lawrence Elmer

  ~  PH+

Lawrence,
on April 18, 1943,
was wounded when
the Abner Read struck a mine !

Seaman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Texas
" Missing In Action "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 1, 1944

  Weathers, Daryl Lester

N/A  ~  PH

Seaman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
California
" Wounded In Action "
" Survivor "
" Not Found "
Last Bell:
Surviving?

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Last Names starting with " X " ~ " None Reported ! "

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Last Names starting with " Y " ~ " None Reported ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Home State
Status
Survivor ?
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Zingg, Ernest, Jr.

  ~  PH

Ernest died
" 4 Days Later "
from his wounds !

Torpedoman's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S. Navy
Ohio
" Died Of Wounds "
" Survivor "
Manilla
American Cemetery
Philippines

( cenotaph )
" Yes "
Last Bell:
November 5, 1944
( Buried At Sea )


Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett  ~  ( russpickde@comcast.net )