\ Light Cargo Ship (AKL)

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USS Camano (AKL-1)
USS Camano (AG-130) (1947 - 1949)
USAT FS-256 (1944 - 1947)

USAT FS-256 Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as FS-256 for the US Army at Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, Long Island, N.Y.
  • Delivered to US Army Transportation Service in 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 16 July 1947, at Apra, Guam, as Miscellaneous Auxiliary, and commissioned USS Camano (AG-130) the same day, LTjg. John J. Daly in command
  • Reclassified Light Cargo Ship, (AKL-1), 31 March 1949
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the Interior Department, 26 July 1951, at Apra, Guam, M.I.
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 22 December 1952
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • 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 propellers

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    Elba 91k USS Elba (AKL-3) moored inboard of USS Camano (AKL-1) at the Reefer dock, Apra Harbor Guam M.I., 1 July 1951. Willard Adams
    Camano 192k USS Camano (AKL-1) moored starboard side to Reefer dock, Apra Harbor Guam M.I., Thursday 26 July 1951. At 10:10 CDR. W.O. Johnson ComServDiv 51 came on board with representatives of Dept of Interior and Pacific Micronesian Lines to conduct decommissioning ceremonies. At 10:41 the ships commissioning pennant and ensign were hauled down and the ship turned to Dept of Interior. Willard Adams
    Camano 208k USS Camano (AKL-1) decommissioning crew photo, while the ship was moored at the Reefer dock, Apra Harbor Guam M.I., Thursday 26 July 1951:
    Bottom Row: Left to Right; Flynn YNC, Brooks BMC, CHMACH L.M.Riley Eng, CO LT R.A. Berning, XO LTjg D. E. Moors, Bosn C.C. Lancaster, 1st Lt., Merideth QMC, Abrams ENC
    Middle Row; Smith QM1, Shelton ENFN, Warney EN3,Scott FA, Cronin EMFN, Strickland FN, Greene SN, Davison SN, Hall SN, Guy SN
    Top Row; Santek RM1, Wiggins HM1, Mooney QM2, Mekula CS1, Whaley MSSN, Outz EN3, Baum CSSN, Vieria RM3, Sack BM3, Davis FA, Samson SO3, Shadt ET2, Leake EN3, Hunter BM1, Stanley RD3, Neff SK2
    Crew members not pictured due to being transferred off previous week to make room for Pacific Micronesian crew to become accustomed to the ships layout prior to assuming possession of craft were:
    Harvey Pohlman, Charles Poweledge FA, Robert Robinson SA, Wm Root SA, Donald Abseck SA, Willard Adams SA, Paul Carroll FA, Charles Hopkins QM3, James Horner MEFN, Leo Martinez FA.
    Willard Adams

    USS Camano (AG-130 / AKL-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Daly, John J., USN (USNA 1945)16 July 1947 - 31 December 1948
    02LT. Pfaffly, Denzil Howard, USN31 December 1948 - 13 February 1950
    03LT. Berning, Raymond A.13 February 1950 - 26 July 1951
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    List of All Officers who Served in Camano
    Deck Log, 27 January 1951, Man Overboard
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