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USS Brule (AKL-28)
USNS Brule (T-AKL-28) (1956 - 1965)
USNS T-AKL-28 (1950 - 1952)
US Army FP-370 (1944 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Delta - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (12)
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (3) - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

USS Brule (AKL-28) loaned to South Korea, renamed ROKS Ulsan (AKL-910)
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, circa December 1943, for the US Army as FS-370 (Small Freighter) at Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay WI.
  • Redesignated FP-370 (Produce Freighter) during construction
  • Delivered to the US Army, in July 1944, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 July 1950, placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS T-AKL-28
  • Named Brule, 5 September 1952
  • Commissioned USS Brule (AKL-28), 31 October 1952, at Pearl Harbor, HI., LT. John H. Kolbert in command
  • Decommissioned, 6 December 1956 at Subic Bay P.I. and placed in service by the Military Sealift Command (MSC), as USNS Brule (T-AKL-28)
  • Re-commissioned, 1 September 1965, at Subic Bay, LT. Stanton L. Brown in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Brule (AKL-12) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    7 January to 28 March 1966
    22 April to 29 June 1966
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    2 March to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    24 July to 18 August 1966
    29 August to 28 September 1966
    22 October to 20 November 1966
    28 November to 15 December 1966
    9 January to 31 May 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June to 30 October 1967
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November to 31 December 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    8 April to 30 June 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July to 1 December 1970
    28 January to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 2 February 1969
    Consolidation I 1 July to 10 October 1971

  • Decommissioned, 1 November 1971, at Chinhae, South Korea
  • Loaned to the Republic of Korea and commissioned ROKS Ulsan (AKL-910), 1 November 1971
  • Sold outright to the Republic of Korea, 15 November 1974
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1974
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Brule (AKL-28) earned twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 550 t.
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 42
    two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 Diesel engines
    twin propellers

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    Brule 592k USS Brule (AKL-28) 1960 crew photo. Dan Ninedorf
    Brule 116k USS Brule (AKL-28) moored pierside, circa 1965, South Vietnam. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Brule 42k USS Brule (AKL-28) at anchor in the Bassac River off Binh Thuy South Vietnam, mid-1966.
    Photo courtesy Mike Warlick, Mobile Riverine Force Association Website (MRFA)
    Photo - Robert Hurst
    Caption - Bruce Whitmarsh
    Brule 17k USS Brule (AKL-28) resupplying the repair, berthing and messing barge YRBM-17 at Dong Tam, South Vietnam, 1967.
    Photo courtesy Doug Lindsey YRBM-17, Mobile Riverine Force Association Website (MRFA)
    Robert Hurst
    Brule 80k USS Brule (AKL-28) coming alongside USS Harlan County (LST-821) in the Bassac during 1968. Photo by Jim Swank USS Harnett County Gunnery Officer and 1st Lieutenant, 1967-68
    Brule 705k USS Brule (AKL-28) under way in the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, 19 September 1968 while enroute to deliver supplies to USS Garrett County (LST-786). Photo by Gerald O. (Jerry) Busic EN3 USS Garrett County
    YF-885 90k Kodiak (YF-866) moored alongside USS Brule (AKL-28) at Nha Be, South Vietnam, June 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    YF-885 83k Kodiak (YF-866) moored alongside USS Brule (AKL-28) at Nha Be, South Vietnam, June 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    Brule 136k USS Brule (AKL-28) moored pierside, Nha Be, South Vietnam, circa 1971-72 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Brule 169k USS Brule (AKL-28) moored pierside, Nha Be, South Vietnam, circa 1971-72 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Brule 167k USS Brule (AKL-28) moored pierside, Nha Be, South Vietnam, circa 1971-72 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Brule 122k USS Brule (AKL-28) moored pierside, Nha Be, South Vietnam, circa 1971-72 ©Richard Leonhardt

    USS Brule (AKL-28) / USNS Brule (T-AKL-28)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    and the history entry located at the Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kollert, Johnannes Hanners (John)31 October 1952 - 26 January 1954
    02LT. Lathrop, Dorl Glenn26 January 1954 - 25 October 1954
    03LT. Anderson, Edven William25 October 1954 - ?
    04CHBOSN. Kuth, Richard J. (acting CO)December 1954 - ?
    05CHBOSN. Magleyno dates
    06CHBOSN. Chappell1958
    07CHBOSN. Hall, Jimmie Carter, USN1960
    08LT. Brown, Stanton Laurence1 September 1965 - February 1967
    09LT. Zaruba, Robert JosephFebruary 1967 - 1968
    10LT. Hewitt1968
    11LCDR. Davis, Leroy1969
    12LCDR. Chenault II, David WallerJanuary 1971 - November 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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