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USS Harry L. Corl (APD-108)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Delta - Xray
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 Harry L. Corl (APD-108) was purchased by South Korea and renamed ROKS Ah San (PG-82)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 19 January 1944, as Harry L. Corl (DE-598), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 1 March 1944
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Harry L. Corl (APD-108), 5 June 1945, LT. Walter D. Jenckes, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Harry L. Corl was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 January 1966
  • Sold, 1 June 1966, to South Korea, for $28,105,
  • Renamed ROKS Ah San (PG-82)
  • Pennant number changes during service in South Korean Navy, (APD-82) (APD-823) (DE-823)
  • Final Disposition, deleted by the South Korean Navy 1984, broken up for scrap
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,630 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    12 Officers
    192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats four LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    two Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers, 435 PSI 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive) Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000

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    Harry L Corl 5k
    Harry Lee Corl was born in Lambertville, Mich., 26 March 1914, and enlisted in the Navy 20 November 1934. He was discharged in 1938 but enlisted again the following year, rising to ensign 15 June 1942. He was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism in the epochal Battle of Midway, when he was the pilot of a torpedo plane in the assault against the Japanese fleet. His squadron probably scored hits on two of the carriers later lost in the action. Ensign Corl was reported missing on a mission in the South Pacific 24 August 1942, and was presumed dead 25 August.
    Photo courtesy of Fallen Military Heroes of Monroe County Michigan
    Bill Gonyo
    Harry L Corl 193k Starboard quarter view of USS Harry L. Corl (APD-108) off Boston, 11 June 1945, wearing a version of camouflage MS31/5l. Corl was commissioned, 5 June 1945, after being modified from DE to APD while under construction.
    US National Archives Bureau of Ships, Photo No. BS 86504, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, (
    Mike Green
    Harry L Corl 16k USS Harry L. Corl (APD-108) at Attu Island, Alaska, circa September 1945 - January 1946. Al Kerst
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    197k USS Harry L. Corl (APD-108) at anchor while crew are painting the hull, circa 1945-1946, location unknown. Darryl Baker

    USS Harry L. Corl (APD-108)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Jenckes, Walter Donald, USNR5 June 1945 - 5 December 1945
    02LT. Mohn, Henry, USNR5 December 1945 - 21 June 1946
    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
    USS Harry L. Corl (APD-108) Crew Photos
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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