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USAV LT. Walter J. Will (FS-244)
USAV FS-244 (1944 - 1945)
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
Aircraft Repair Ship
Laid down in 1943 as the Design 342 Freight-Supply Vessel (FS-244), for the US Army at Northwesten Shipbuilding Co., South Bellingham, WA.
Launched in 1943
Delivered April 1944 to the US Army Quartermaster Corps
Allocated to the US Army Transportation Corps, Commissioned USAV FS-244, date unknown, LT. V.A. Molstead, USCGR in command
LT W.J. Barry, USCGR, the second commanding officer, assumed command, 1 November 1945.
During World War II USAV FS-244 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, South West Pacific Area
Named USAV Walter J. Will (FS-244) circa late 1945
Decommissioned, date and location unknown
Transferred in November 1948 to the US Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service, renamed MV Dennis Winn and assigned to service in the
waters of the Territory of Alaska making regular voyages to and from Bristol Bay, transporting supplies and personnel
Stationed at Juneau, Alaska starting in 1956 supporting US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Bureau of Commercial Fisheries (BCF) operating in support of BCF
management and biological research activities
Reallocated to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in 1960
Sold at public auction in the spring of 1961
Renamed MV Expansion, home ported at Seward, Alaska, she served as a commercial mail boat and passenger vessel, operating along the coast of the Alaska
Peninsula and in the Aleutians Islands
Sold in November 1965 to French interests, renamed MV Temehani for service as a transport in the South Pacific
Final Disposition, sank near Bora Bora in the Society Islands in French Polynesia in 1982
Displacement 540 t.
Speed 12 kts.
Propulsion 875-hp (740-kw) Fairbanks-Morse diesel engine
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||USAV LT. Walter J. Will (FS-244) underway, date and location unknown.
Kodiak Military History Museum photo
|NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
||Ex-USAV LT. Walter J. Will (FS-244) in service as the US Fish and Wildlife Service vessel FWS Dennis Winn underway, date and location unknown
||NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
||Ex-USAV LT. Walter J. Will (FS-244) in service as served as the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands mail boat
MV Expansion at anchor off False Pass, date unknown.
Photo by Terry Reeve
|False Pass City Government
There is no history record available for LT. Walter J. Will (FS-244) at NavSource
First Lieutenant Walter J. Will, United States Army Medal of Honor Citation
Last Updated 12 February 2021
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