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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Banner (AGER-1)
USS Banner (AKL-25) (1952 - 1967)
USNS T-AKL-25 (1950 - 1952)
US Army Small Freighter Capt. William M. Galt (FS-345) (1944 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Sierra - Sierra - Zulu

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 for the US Army as Captain William Galt (FS-345) at Kewaunee Shipbuilding and Engineering Corp., Kewaunee, WI.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 July 1950 and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS T-AKL-25
  • Named Banner, 5 September 1952
  • Commissioned USS Banner (AKL-25), 24 November 1952, at Pearl Harbor, LT. Horace W. Atkisson in command
  • Converted to a Environmental Research Ship at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, August through October 1965
  • Redesignated (AGER-1), 1 June 1967
  • Recommissioned, date unknown, LCDR. Robert P. Bishop USN in command
  • Decommissioned at Yokosuka, 14 November 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 November 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold, 5 June 1970, for scrapping to Mitsui & Co., Tadotsu, Japan
    Displacement 550 t.
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement (AKL) 42, (AGER) 83
    (AGER) - four .50 cal machine guns two twin 20mm gun mounts
    two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 Diesel engines
    twin propellers

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    USNS T-AKL-25
    Banner 29k USNS T- AKL-25 in New York Harbor
    Note: "Astern of USNS AKL-25, can be seen a 'Brooklyn' ferry. This ferry is either the Tides, or the Narrows - there were two. They were built by Electric Boat Corp., and were diesel electric. They were painted olive drab, with white lettering. Sometimes the words: 'Brooklyn Ferry' was replaced by 'Electric Ferries'. These two ferries replaced the old 'Walking Beam' steam - side wheelers that ran the route to Staten Island from Brooklyn."
    Thanks to Carl R Friberg Jr.
    William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    USS Banner (AKL-25)
    Banner 318k USS Banner (AKL-25) commissioning ceremony crew photo, 24 November 1952, at Pearl Harbor. Robert M. DeMine QM USS Banner plankowner
    Banner 77k USS Banner (AKL-25) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1952
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Banner 53k USS Banner (AKL-25) at anchor in Hong Kong harbor, BCC, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1960
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USS Banner (AGER-1)
    Banner 197k USS Banner (AKL-25) first commanding officer, LCDR. Robert P. Bishop USN, commissioning pennant. Bottie Holden
    Banner 29k USS Banner (AGER-1) under way, date and location unknown. Dennis Clouse
    Banner 105k USS Banner (AGER-1) under way in 1968, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    White River 95k USS White River (LSMR-536) and USS Banner (AGER-1) moored at Pier 3 Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan, date unknown. Note USS KEARSARGE (CV-33) in the background. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS Banner (AKL-25 / AGER-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Atkisson, Horace Wallace24 November 1952 - ? AKL-25
    02LT. Wells, Clarence V.July 1954 - ? AKL-25
    03LT. Lowry, George ClarkJuly 1960 - ? AKL-25
    04CDR. Clark, Charles R.September 1965 - ? AKL-1
    05LCDR. Bishop, Robert P., USN1967 AGER-1
    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
    US Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association

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