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Alhena (AKL-38)
USAV FS-257 (1945 - 1951)

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

USAV FS-257 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II, later named Alhena (AKL-38) and loaned to the Republic of Korea
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as the Design 381 Freight-Supply Vessel FS-257 for the US Army at Wheeler Shipbuilding. Whitestone. N.Y.
  • Launched, circa 1944-45
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermaster Corps between April and June 1944
  • Allocated to the US Army Transport ion Corps, commissioned, USAV FS-257, 24 June 1944, at New York, LT G.P. Hammond, USCG in command
  • USAV FS-257 departed New York, 26 July 1944 outbound to for the Southwest Pacific area were she operated including Leyte
  • LT. Hammond was succeeded by LTjg. S.N. Harstook, USCGR, date unknown
  • LTjg. Harstook was succeeded by LTjg. William F. Moffatt, USCG, 9 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 12 December 1951
  • Named Alhena (AKL-38), and loaned to the Republic of Korea that same day
  • Returned to US Naval custody in January 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in June 1960 to Hong Kong Rolling Mills, Ltd.
    Displacement 550 t.
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 42
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws

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    USAV FS-257
    574k USAV FS-257 pierside at Manila, P.I., 21 August 1946.
    US National Archives 111-SCA- Album-2726-062, US Army Signal Corps. Photo # SC255473.
    Vincent M. Solinap
    Ex-Alhena (AKL-38) in South Korean Service
    Alhena 179k Alhena (AKL-38) while in Korean Naval service, moored, circa 1951, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84180
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    Alhena (AKL-38)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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