Stern of World War II U.S. Destroyer Discovered Off Remote Alaskan Island by NOAA-Supported Mission

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For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark surface of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol. Seventy-one U.S. Navy Sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast, during a brutal and largely overlooked early campaign of World War II.

Heroic action by the crew saved the ship, but for the families of the doomed Sailors, the final resting place of loved ones lost in the predawn hours of Aug. 18, 1943 remained unknown.

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Destroyer Discovered

Stern of World War II U.S. Destroyer Discovered Off Remote Alaskan Island by NOAA-Supported Mission




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