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USAV FS-407 (1945 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Oscar - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - National Defense Service Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

US Army FS-407 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II

Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as FS-407 for the US Army at Hickinbotham Bros. Stockton, CA.
  • Delivered in 1944 to the US Army Transportation Corps
  • During World War II FS-407 was manned by the US Coast Guard for the US Army Transportation Service
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 November 1950, and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS T-AKL-31 with MSTSWESTPAC
  • USNS AKL-31 operated out of Naha carrying passengers and cargo to USAF Radar Sites on the islands of Kume, Miyake and Ishigaki. (William T. Lyons Master USNS-AKL-31, 11 April to 29 June 1955)
  • Placed out of Service, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Department of the Interior, Government of the Pacific Trust Territories, 1975, renamed M/V Robert De Brum
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 550 t.
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 42
    two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 Diesel engines
    twin screws

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    AKL-31 182k USNS T-AKL-31 moored pierside at Pusan, South Korea in December 1953. AKL-31 transported troops, equipment, supplies and prisoners of war between Pusan and Pongam-do. David Wright
    AKL-31 64k USNS T-AKL-31 under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    AKL-31 40k USNS T-AKL-31 under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    AKL-31 59k USNS T-AKL-31, at Okinawa, new crew boarding prior to transfer from US Naval custody to Government of the Pacific Trust Territories, 1975. University of Hawaii, reel 3441-02

    There is no history available for US Army FS-407 / USNS T-AKL-31 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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