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USS Ryer (AKL-9)
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USS Ryer (AG-138) (1946 - 1949)
US Army (FS-361) (1944 - 1947)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (6) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS Ryer was acquired from the US Army in 1947
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944, at Sturgeon Bay Ship Building & Dry Docking Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Delivered to the US Army, as FS-361, 28 February 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 22 February 1947
  • Commissioned, Miscellaneous Auxiliary, USS Ryer (AG-138), 8 June 1947, LT. Jesse L. Near in command
  • Reclassified Light Cargo Ship, (AKL-9), 31 March 1949
  • During the Korean War USS Ryer (AKL-9) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    First UN Counter Offensive
    7 February to 24 March 1951
    9 to 14 and 20 to 21 April 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 to 22 November 1950
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    2 and 5 to 6 May 1951
    27 to 28 June 1951
    1 to 3 July 1951
    Inchon Landing
    15 to 17 September 1950
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    29 to 30 July 1951
    5 to 6 and 28 to 29 August 1951
    20 September 1951

  • Placed in commission, in reserve, 18 June 1955
  • Decommissioned, 3 August 1955, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1961
  • Merchant Service
    Sold, 25 January 1962, to Pacific Tow-Boat & Salvage Co., Long Beach, CA., renamed MV Ahti
    Sold in 1963 to Caldrill, Inc., Ventura, CA and renamed MV Caldrill 1
    Sold in 1979 to the Marine Drilling & Coring Co., Anchorage, AK.
    Sold in 1980 to J.H. Felice, Seattle, WA and renamed MV West 1
    Sold in 1980 to Fish West, Seattle, WA.
    Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Ryer earned six battle stars for service in the Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(lt) 935 t.(fl)
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 26
    Propulsion
    two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 Diesel engines
    twin propellers

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    USS Ryer (AG-138)
    Ryer 264k USS Ryer (AG-138) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec
    Ryer 98k USS Ryer (AG-138) underway, entering Pearl Harbor, late spring/early summer 1952. Note the crew is dressed in whites for entering port. Willard Adams and
    Harold Herbenrider USS Ryer

    USS Ryer (AG-138 / AKL-9)
    DANFS history entry located on at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Near, Jesse Lloyd8 June 1947 - ?
    02LT. Parnell, James MurrayJuly 1949 - March 1950
    03LT. Wilder, Edwin Vernon March 1950 - May 1950
    04CHBOSN. Ferrill, Louis DelbertMay 1950 - ?
    05LT. Chatelain, Gurley PaulMay 1951
    06LT. Dennis, Charles C. 2 January 1953 - 31 March 1953
    07LT. Larson, O. M.31 March 1953 - 21 March 1954
    08LT. Riggins, Harry Jay21 March 1954 - ?
    Courtesy Willard Adams

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

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