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USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6)
USACS Albert J. Myer (1952 - 1966)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Romeo - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4) - National Defense Service Medal (3) - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Neptune Class Cable Laying and Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 April 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (S3-S2-BP1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2668) at Pusey and Jones Corp., Wilmington, DE.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 17 May 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Custody assumed by the US Army, 7 February 1952 commissioned as USACS Albert J. Myer
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 13 June 1966, and simultaneously transferred to the US Navy
  • Converted to a Cable Laying/Repair Ship and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6), date unknown
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 7 November 1994
  • Transferred to MARAD, 1 April 1998, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, returned to Navy custody, removed from the National Defense Reserve Fleet James River Group by towing, for scrapping 24 August 2005 and subsequently scrapped at International Shipbreaking, Brownsville TX.
    Displacement 4,410 t.
    Length 362'
    Beam 47'
    Draft 25'
    Speed 13kts
    Complement 155
    Armament none
    Propulsion two Skinner Uniflow Reciprocating Steam Engines replaced with diesel engines, twin shafts

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    Albert J Myer 191k

    Albert James Myer—born on 20 September 1829 at Newburgh, N.Y.—received his bachelor's degree from Hobart College in 1847, graduated from Buffalo Medical College in 1851, and became an assistant surgeon in the Army on 18 September 1854. Already an accomplished telegrapher, he became an enthusiastic proponent of visual signaling while serving in Texas. In the late 1850s, Myer lobbied vigorously for the adoption of his method of signaling and for the establishment of an organization within the Army responsible for communication. In 1860, Congress created a major's billet on the Army staff for a signal officer, and Myer was appointed to fill the new slot. Between the summer of 1860 and the spring of 1861, he employed his system successfully during General Canby's campaign against the Navajo Indians.
    In June of 1861, Maj. Myer received orders to Washington, D.C., to organize and command a signal corps. Through the first two years of the Civil War, Myer carried out both administrative and operational responsibilities while also proselytizing in Washington for the establishment of the Signal Corps as a permanent entity in the Army. Brevetted a lieutenant colonel on 27 May 1862 for his service on the staff of the Army of the Potomac, he received a full colonelcy as a result of the formal establishment of the Signal Corps on 3 March 1863. However, conflict between Myer and the assistant secretary of war under whose supervision military telegraphy fell, resulted in his removal as chief signal officer in -November 1863 and his assignment to the Military Division of the West Mississippi in which he served the remainder of the remainder of the Civil War.
    Following the war, Myer received the brevet rank of brigadier general; but he did not really come into his own until July of 1866 when Congress reorganized the Signal Corps and, with the permanent rank of colonel, he again became chief signal officer. Myer headed the Signal Corps from 21 August 1867 until his death at Buffalo, N.Y., on 24 August 1880. During that time, he played a dominant role in the resumption of a storm warning service that previously had been provided by the Smithsonian Institution and its subsequent incorporation in 1870 as the United States Weather Bureau under the direction of the Signal Corps. Myer became a permanent brigadier general on 16 June 1880, a little over two months before his death. Fort Myer—in Arlington, Va.—is also named in his honor.
    Digital ID: cph 3c10271 Source: Library of Congress
    Bill Gonyo
    USACS Albert J. Myer
    Albert J Myer 67k USACS Albert J. Myer under way, date and location unknown. Joel Osterberg RMCS USN Ret. Mil Det USNS Albert J. Myer, 1987-99
    Albert J Myer 485k USACS Albert J. Myer under way, date and location unknown. Ron Phillipi
    USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6)
    Albert J Myer 141k USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6) under way, circa 1968, location unknown. ©Ramon Jackson
    Albert J Myer 138k
    Albert J Myer 43k USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6) at sea during chart transfer, Pacific Ocean, 1967. ©Ramon Jackson
    Albert J Myer 69k
    Albert J Myer 695k USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6) berthed at No.9 Berth, Barry Docks, Wales, Great Britain, 30 July 1973.
    Photo source "Barry Heritage Collection" courtesy Terry Spierling.
    Terry Spierling
    Albert J Myer 158k USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6) entering a harbor in Japan circa May 1976.
    Photo by Dave Marr.
    Robert Hurst
    Albert J Myer 118k USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6) at sea, date and location unknown. Ramon Jackson
    Albert J Myer 61k USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy (MSTS) photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Albert J Myer 2092k USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6) under way, 1 January 1984, location unknown.
    U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DN-SC-85-08565
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Albert J. Myer (T-ARC-6)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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