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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)
USAV 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 M. 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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    Capt. William M. Galt (345)
    CAPT. William M. Galt 7k
    William M. Galt was a US Army officer, Medal of Honor recipient, (posthumously). Capt. Galt, Battalion S3, at the risk of his life, led the battalion against an objective that they had failed to take in two previous attempts. Mounting a tank destroyer he proceeded to attack. As the tank destroyer moved forward, followed by a company of riflemen, Capt. Galt manned the .30-caliber machine gun in the turret of the tank destroyer directing fire toward the enemy. Capt. Galt stood fully exposed in the turret, ceaselessly firing his machine gun and tossing hand grenades into the enemy zigzag series of trenches despite the hail of sniper and machine gun bullets ricocheting off the tank destroyer. An 88mm shell struck the tank destroyer and Capt. Galt fell mortally wounded. He had personally killed 40 Germans and wounded many more. Capt. Galt pitted his judgment and superb courage against overwhelming odds, exemplifying the highest measure of devotion to his country and the finest traditions of the U.S. Army.
    Tommy Trampp
    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 189k USS Banner (AKL-25) under way off Able dock, Pearl Harbor, HI., 13 January 1953.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-630832, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    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
    NH 67709-KN
    326k USS Banner (AGER-1) under way 12 May 1969, location unknown. Banner was the sister ship of USS Pueblo (AGER-2) which was captured by North Korea in January 1968.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #s: NH 68709-KN, NH 68710-KN, NH 68701-A, NH 68703-KN, NH 68705, NH 68706 and NH 68708-KN
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    NH 67710-KN
    NH 68701-A
    NH 68703
    NH 68705
    NH 68706
    NH 6870-KN
    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 Wallace, USN24 November 1952 - ? AKL-25
    02LT. Wells, Claude Vernon, USNJuly 1954 - 1957 AKL-25
    03LT. Evens, George Julian, USNJuly 1957 - 1959 AKL-25
    03LT. Lowry, George Clark, USN1960 - ? AKL-25
    04LCDR. Bishop, Robert Palmer, USN? - December 1966 AGER-1
    05CDR. Clark, Charles Raymond, USNDecember 1966 - ? 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

    Medal of Honor Citation for CAPT. William Wylie Galt USA
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