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Almaack (AKL-39)
USAV FS-283 (1944 - 1951)

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USAV FS-283 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II, later loaned to Korea
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as as the Design 381 Freight Supply Vessel FS-283 in 1944 for the US Army at Wheeler Ship Building Whitestone, N.Y.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermaster Corps between April 1944 and January 1945
  • Assigned to US Army Transportation Corps, commissioned USAV FS-283, 2 January 1945, at New York, LTjg. G A. H. Coane, USCGR, in command
  • FS-283 departed New York, 29 January 1945, for the Southwest Pacific where she operated during the war at Parang, Jacquinat Bay, etc.
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, 25 September 1945
  • Manned by a civilian crew after decommissioning
  • Acquired from the Army by the US Navy, 12 December 1951
  • Renamed Almaack (AKL-39), and loaned to the Republic of Korea the same day
  • Almaack never served as an active unit of the US Navy
  • Returned to US Naval custody in January 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 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-283
    FS-283 221k USAV FS-283 moored pierside at Manila, Philippines, 21 August 1946. The ship across the pier from FS-283 is the Liberty Ship SS James B. Weaver.
    US Nation Archives Item 111-SCA-Album-2926-042 A US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Vincent M. Solinap
    FS-283 28k View of bridge area of USAV FS-283 while under way, date and location unknown. Note the name Miss Philippi attached to the stack and the cargo of oil drums secured to the deck.
    Photo courtesy Randle M. Biddle Collection.
    Randy Biddle
    Ex-Almaack (AKL-39) in South Korean Service
    FS-283 133k US Army FS-283 circa 1951, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 85686. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1977
    Mike Green

    Almaack (AKL-39)
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