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USS Pyro (AE-24)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - November - Hotel
NENH
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Key Brook (K)ilo - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (6-Vietnam, 8-Persian Gulf) - Vietnam Service Medal (8)
Third Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Nitro Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 October 1957, at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Inc., Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 5 November 1958
  • Commissioned, USS Pyro (AE-24), 24 July 1959, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., CAPT. Robert A. Patton in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Pyro participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    4 an 10 to 15 July 1965
    27 July to 7 August 1965
    17 to 27 August 1965
    5 to 14 and 23 to 30 September 1965
    24 March to 4 April 1966
    18 to 27 April 1966
    5 to 12 and 18 to 19 May 1966
    3 to 13 and 25 to 30 June 1966
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 to 2 and 11 to 16 May 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 to 8 July 1966
    27 July to 11 August 1966
    26 August to 7 September 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    11 to 22 December 1970
    3 January to 17 March 1971
    1 to 18 February 1971
    15 to 21 March 1971
    29 March to 8 April 1971
    12 to 14 April 1971
    23 April to 1 May 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    11 to 25 July 1967
    7 to 22 August 1967
    8 to 26 September 1967
    5 to 24 October 1967
    5 to 18 November 1967
    Consolidation II
    4 to 15 February 1972
    26 February to 6 March 1972
    21 to 27 March 1972
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    4 to 17 November 1969
    25 November to 17 December 1969
    2 to 17 January 1970
    24 January to 14 February 1970
    10 to 29 March 1970
    5 to 6 and 14 to 30 April 1970
    Ceasefire Campaign
    2 to 11 and 16 to 24 April 1972
    2 to 19 May 1972
    26 May to 12 June 1972
    22 June to 7 July 1972
    28 July to 14 August 1972
    23 to 31 August 1972
    16 to 30 September 1972
    7 to 17 and 29 to 31 October 1972

  • Decommissioned, 31 May 1994
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 April 1997
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for disposal
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 17 August 2000
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 24 February 2001
  • Moved to Mare Island, 25 January 2012, for cleaning prior to being towed to New Orleans for dismantling
  • Final Disposition, taken in tow, 10 February 2012, by the tugs Marine Retriever and Marshall Foss to be towed to Southern Recycling, New Orleans, LA. via the Panama Canal
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,050 t.(lt) 15,688 t.(fl)
    Length 512'
    Beam 72'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 19 kts.
    Complement 28 officers, 331 enlisted
    Armament four twin 3"/50 gun mounts
    Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft, 16,000shp

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    Pyro 57k USS Pyro (AE-24) exiting San Francisco Bay, date unknown. USS Pyro (AE-24) web site
    Pyro 53k USS Pyro (AE-24) underway, date and location unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Pyro 99k USS Pyro (AE-24) steaming alongside an unidentified aircraft carrier, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine April 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pyro 69k USS Pyro (AE-24) during underway replenishment with USS Enterprise (CVN-65), circa 1970s, location unknown. Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    Pyro 66k USS Pyro (AE-24) during underway replenishment with USS Enterprise (CVN-65), circa 1970s, location unknown. Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    Pyro 84k USS Pyro (AE-24) underway, circa 1970s, location unknown. Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    Southerland 115k USS Southerland (DD-743) going to the aid of USS Pyro (AE-24) after Pyro went dead in the water during an unrep with USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) off San Diego, circa late-1978-early-1979. Richard Stiles
    Southerland 115k
    Pyro 215k USS Pyro (AE-24) highlines two pallets of five-inch gun powder canisters to USS Turner Joy (DD-951), during Vietnam War underway replenishment operations in the South China Sea, March 1970. Photographed from on board Turner Joy.
    US Navy photo #: K-83111.
    Robert Hurst
    Pyro 63k USS Pyro (AE-24) underway while enroute to Kodiak Island, AK., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine January 1983.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pyro 171k USS Pyro (AE-24) underway while enroute to Kodiak Island, AK., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine January 1983.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pyro 62k USS Pyro (AE-24) at Kodiak Island, AK., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine January 1983.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pyro 79k USS Pyro (AE-24) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
    Pyro 64k Series of photos showing ex-USS Pyro (AE-24) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at 11:45AM, 10 February 2012, on her final voyage from San Francisco Bay to Southern Recycling at New Orleans. Photos by Mike McCullough
    Pyro 60k
    Pyro 58k
    Pyro 75k
    Pyro 124k
    Pyro 126k
    Pyro 139k
    Pyro 147k
    Pyro 146k


    For more photos and information about USS Pyro, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Pyro AE-1 / AE-24
  • Nitro Class Ammunition Ships of the United States Navy
  • AE/AOE Sailors Association
  • Commanding Officers

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

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