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Contributed by Don McGrogan
BMCS, USN (Ret.)

USS Pyro (AE-1)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Lima - Xray
NELX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 7 December 1941) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal


Pyro Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 August 1918, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Launched, 16 December 1919
  • Commissioned USS Pyro (AE-1), 10 August 1920, CDR. J. S. Graham in command
  • Decommissioned, 10 September 1924, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Recommissioned, 1 July 1939, CDR. R.S. Haggart in command
  • During World War II USS Pyro was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and was at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941
  • Decommissioned, 12 June 1946, at Seattle, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • USS Pyro earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred, 17 July 1946, to the Maritime Commission for layup in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 August 1948, to Welding Shipyards, Tacoma, WA. for $135,555,00 on PD-X-462. Removed 13 October 1948
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,025 t.(lt) 14,110 t.(fl)
    Length 483' 10"
    Beam 60' 10"
    Draft 26' 7"
    Speed 12.2 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 51
    Enlisted 268
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,250 DWT
    non-refrigerated 170,000 Cu ft
    Armament
    two single 5"/51 cal surface gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose guns mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun Mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 10,250 Bbls
    Diesel 260 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Navy Yard Puget Sound turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 200psi Sat°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 100Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 5,300shp

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    Pyro 350k Pyro (AE-1) under construction in dry-dock at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, 13 August 1919. Her sister, Nitro (AE-2), is building astern to starboard in the same dock.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 42574
    Mike Green
    Pyro
    NH 42575
    219k Pyro (AE-1) under construction in dry-dock at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, circa August 1919. Her sister, Nitro (AE-2), is building astern to starboard in the same dock.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #'s NH 42575 and NH 42576. by Jacobs, Seattle.
    Mike Green
    Pyro
    NH 42576
    189k
    Pyro 214k Pyro (AE-1) under construction in dry-dock at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, 16 December 1919. Her sister, Nitro (AE-2), is building astern to starboard in the same dock.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 70483
    Mike Green
    Pyro 46k USS Pyro (AE-1) anchored off Puget Sound Navy Yard, 17 September 1920, soon after commissioning. Compared to the 1916 preliminary design the bridge has been moved aft and the number of ammunition handling rigs reduced. Note the two large boat davits on each side of the searchlight platform near the stern and the two 5"/51 guns in shields on the fantail.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 2762, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Pyro 188k Starboard side view of USS Pyro (AE-1) at anchor near Navy Yard, Puget Sound WA. 17 September 1920.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 1264
    Mike Green
    Pyro 163k USS Pyro (AE-1) at anchor, circa 1920, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Pyro 138k USS Pyro (AE-1) soon before decommissioning in 1924. The large boat davits have been moved forward to positions on each side of the smokestack and reduced in size, a modification not made on her sister ship USS Nitro (AE-2). The gun shields seen here were no longer in use when Pyro recommissioned in 1939.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 74663, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Pyro 130k USS Pyro (AE-1) circa 1941 after the addition of splinter protection (low bulkheads) around her four 5-inch and two 3-inch guns and the addition of positions for four .50 caliber anti-aircraft machine guns, two on the bridge and two next to the after searchlight platform.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-26070 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Pyro 294k USS Pyro (AE-1) November 1941 crew photo at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, T. H. Photo by Tai Sing Loo Official photographer Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. Ron Reeves
    Pyro 75k Broadside view of USS Pyro (AE-1) off Navy Yard Mare Island, 12 January 1942. Pyro was under repair at Mare Island from 21 December 1941 to 12 January 1942.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    Pyro 39k USS Pyro (AE-1) underway, 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pyro 75k Stern plan view of USS Pyro (AE-1) moored pierside at San Francisco, CA., 29 October 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7377-43
    Darryl Baker
    Pyro 77k Bow plan view of USS Pyro (AE-1) moored pierside at San Francisco, CA., 29 October 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7378-43
    Darryl Baker
    Pyro 46k Stern view of USS Pyro (AE-1) off San Francisco, CA., 3 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7445-43
    Darryl Baker
    Pyro 87k Broadside view of USS Pyro (AE-1) off San Francisco, CA., 3 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7447-43
    Darryl Baker
    Pyro 60k Bow on view of USS Pyro (AE-1) off San Francisco, CA., 3 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7445-43
    Darryl Baker
    Pyro 95k USS Pyro (AE-1) ship's bell. he bell is located at the Naval Museum at Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. Larry Lee

    USS Pyro (AE-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Graham, John Sisson, USN (USNA 1898)10 August 1920 - 19 June 1922
    02CDR. Naile, Frederick Raymonde, USN (USNA 1900)19 June 1922 - 26 August 1923
    03LCDR. Hunter, Lunsford Lomas, USN (USNA 1912) (OinC)26 August 1923 - 10 September 1924
     Decommissioned10 September 1924 - 1 July 1939
    04CDR. Haggart, Robert Stevenson, USN (USNA 1912) :COMO1 July 1939 - 11 July 1940
    05CDR. Early Jr., Alexander Rieman, USN (USNA 1914) :RADM11 July 1940 - 1940
    06CDR. Burnett, Henry Poynter, USN (USNA 1915)5 March 1941 - 15 June 1941
    07CDR. Vytlacil, Nicholas, USN (USNA 1917)15 June 1941 - 5 December 1942
    08CAPT. Boller, Robert Leon, USN (USNA 1918)5 December 1942 - 14 February 1944
    09CDR. Dickie, Arthur Bigelow, USN (USNA 1924)14 February 1944 - 17 November 1945
    10CDR. Reiffel, Stanley J., USNR17 November 1944 - November 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Pyro AE-1 / AE-24
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    AE/AOE Sailors Association
    Pearl Harbor Action Report
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