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USS Sharps (AKL-10)
USS Sharps (AG-139) (1947 - 1949)
USAV FS-385 (1944 - 1947)

USS Sharps (AKL-10) International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Charlie - Foxtrot
US Army FS-385 Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS Sharps (AKL-10) 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 (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USAV FS-385 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II, later transferred to South Korea, renamed ROKS Kun San (AKL-908)
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, circa 1944, as the Design 381 Freight-Supply Vessel FS-385 for the US Army by Ingalls Iron Works, Decatur, AL.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Delivered to US Army Quartermaster Corps between 21 October 1944
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps
  • Commissioned USAV FS-385, 23 October 1944, at Decatur, AL., LT. Peter Marcoux, USCG in command
  • During World War II USAV FS-385 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy in March 1947
  • Commissioned Miscellaneous Auxiliary USS Sharps (AG-139), 3 August 1947, ENS. Francis A. Farris in command
  • Reclassified Light Cargo Ship, (AKL-10), 31 March 1949
  • During the Korean War USS Sharps participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    15 to 20 November 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    2 to 3 and 7 May 1952
    Second Korean Winter
    1 to 5 and 12 to 24 December 1951
    7 to 8 and 21 to 22 February 1952
    26 February to 1 March 1952
    10 to 12 March 1952
    5 to 7, 13 to 14 and 26 to 27 April 1952

  • Decommissioned, 3 April 1955, at Astoria, OR. and transferred (loaned) to South Korea under terms of the Security Assurance Program
  • Commissioned into the South Korean Navy as ROKS Kun San (AKL-908)
  • Sold to South Korea in 1974
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 August 1974
  • USS Sharps earned three battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 520 t.(lt) 935 t.(fl)
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 26
    two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines
    twin propellers

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    USAV FS-385
    251k USAV FS-385 at anchor in Manila Bay, Philippines, 29 August 1946.
    US Nation Archives Item 111-SCA-Album-2926-026 A US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Vincent M. Solinap
    USS Sharps (AKL-10)
    Sharps 120k USS Sharps (AKL-10) in the Item Basin at Sasebo early 1952. The inboard AKL is either USS Hewell (AKL-14) or USS Estero (AKL-5) as deck logs from that period show these three were always nested together when two or more were in the same port.
    US Navy photo
    Willard Adams
    89k USS Sharps (AKL-10) moored pierside, probably Yokosuka, Japan, date unknown.
    John Spivey

    USS Sharps (AG-139 / AKL-10)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Farris, Francis A.3 August 1947 - 9 August 1948
    03LTjg. McNiff Jr., Thomas, USN (USNA 1945)9 August 1948 - 30 September 1949
    03LT. Hoover, Robert Errie30 September 1949 - 1 January 1950
    04CHBOSN. Medcalf, George LewisDecember 1950 - 1 January 1951
    05LCDR. Hoover, Robert ErrieJanuary 1951 - 1 January 1952
    06LCDR. Sweet, Robert Dean, USN1 January 1952 - November 1953
    07LT. Cleere, Timothy Joseph, USNNovember 1953 - March 1954
    08CWO3 Klockenbrink, Elvin LouisMarch 1954 - 25 April 1954
    09LT. Colona, Frank, USN25 April 1954 - 3 April 1955
     CHBOSN. Geinheimer, John WalterMarch 1949 - April 1949
    Courtesy Willard Adams

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Sharps Officers 3 July 1947 to 1 January 1952 contributed by Willard Adams
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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