From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Abele is the white poplar.

(AN-58:dp. 1175; l. 194'6"; b. 37'; dr. 13'6"; s. 12.1 k.; cpl. 56; a. 1 3"; cl. Bitterbush)

Abele (AN-58) was launched as YN-77, 15 July 1943 by Barbour Boat Works, New Bern, N. C.; sponsored by Mrs. G. B. Waters; reclassified AN-58, 20 January 1944; commissioned as Abele 2 June 1944, Lieutenant Commander J. H. Bloodworth in command,; and assigned to the Pacific Fleet.

During 1945 she tended net defenses during the Iwo Jima (20-28 February) and the Okinawa (26 March-5 August) operations. At Okinawa she assisted in shooting down several Japanese airplanes and in causing serious damage to a Japanese suicide motor boat.

Abele was decommissioned 1 March 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission 7 May 1947.

Abele received two battle stars for her service in the Pacific during World War II.

Abele , Mannert I,. (DD-733) see Mannert L. Abele (DD-733)

Transcribed by: epm
Date: 24 Apr 1999