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USS Hewell (AKL-14)
USS Hewell (AG-145) (1948 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November (Nan)- Papa (Peter)- Xray - Papa (Peter)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (7) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as FS-391 for the US Army at United Concrete Pipe, Long Beach, CA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the US Army Transportation Service, circa April-December 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 2 February 1948
  • Commissioned Miscellaneous Auxiliary USS Hewell (AG-145), 5 June 1948, LTjg. J. W. Hinkleman in command
  • Reclassified Light Cargo Ship (AKL-14) 9 June 1949
  • During the Korean War USS Hewell participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 August to 2 November 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 May 1952
    13 to 16 June 1952
    9 to 11 and 22 July 1952
    20 to 21 and 25 to 26 August 1952
    13 to 14 and 26 to 30 September 1952
    9 and 26 to 28 October 1952
    22 to 25 November 1952
    1 to 2 December 1952
    Communist China Aggression
    6 December 1950 to 7 January 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    29 to 30 December 1952
    7 to 8 and 20 January 1953
    6 to 7 and 23 to 24 February 1953
    3 to 4 and 24 to 30 March 1953
    Inchon Landing
    15 to 17 September 1950
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    15 to 21 and 25 June 1953
    2, 16 to 17, 22, and 26 July 1953
    Second Korean Winter
    27 to 28 December 1951
    3 to 4 and 5 to 10 January 1952
    8 to 10 and 21 to 22 February 1952
    27 February to 1 March 1952
    8 to 10, 24 to 25 and 30 April 1952

  • Decommissioned, 15 March 1955, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1959
  • Final Disposition, sold, 2 June 1960, to Steve Pickard, scrapped at Lake Union, Seattle, circa 1973
  • USS Hewell received seven battle stars for Korean war service
    Displacement 500 t.(lt) 705 t.(fl)
    Length 176'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 13 kts.
    Armament two 50 cal. machine guns, one each port and starboard on flying bridge
    Complement 26
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws

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    USS Hewell (AG-145)
    Hewell 141k USS Hewell (AG-145) crew photo, 10 January 1949.
    Front Row; Machinist F. P. Manning, Engineering Officer, LTjg C.R. Beemer, Commanding Officer, Boatswain E.A. Merserve Executive Officer
    Crew members not listed in order of photo; Elmer R Canady ENC, John W Walker BMC, Lawrence W Jagger SN, Robert Yarbrough FN, Leonard Scalf EN3 Hermon Battle TN, Felsher Beasley EN3, T. P. Carter, Lavern R Lauterbach, Robert Allison Antes, Tom G Peterson YN2, William A Lukomski SN, Olin Jones SA, Harvey Lindy, Harold Peoples RM3, Richard A Clark EN3, Roger Alan Patterson FN, Earl Crimes, Gerald Rutter EM3, Alfred Sears FA, Andrew D Micklosh SN, Joe Trottie
    Willard Adams
    USS Hewell (AKL-14)
    Hewell 221k USS Hewell (AKL-14) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, T.H. in June 1949 shortly after her designation was changed to Light Cargo Ship AKL. Note the scaffolding at the bow where the hull number was being changed from 145 to 14. Willard Adams
    Hewell 47k USS Hewell (AKL-14) hauling freight and passengers in the Marianas and Marshalls. Note the photo is captioned "visiting cousins.", circa June-July 18511 . Willard Adams
    Hewell 72k USS Hewell (AKL-14) at anchor, circa 1951-53, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 105033-KN from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donation of Willard Adams, 2007, Radioman in Hewell between October 1951 and April 1953.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hewell 53k USS Hewell (AKL-14) underway in heavy seas enroute from Japan to Korea with ammunition to re-arm the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) during the Korean War, circa September 1950-April 1953. Willard Adams USS Hewell October 1951 and April 1953.
    Hewell 36k USS Hewell (AKL-14) alongside the port bow of the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) while unloading ammunition during the Korean War, circa September 1950-April 1953. Willard Adams USS Hewell October 1951 and April 1953.
    Hewell 51k
    Hewell 21k Two views of the stern of USS Hewell (AKL-14), The first view was taken in 1948, the second after the addition of the 8 bunk "Penthouse" on the stern circa late-1953 - early 1954. When Hewell was built this deck area contained a 40mm AA gun mount which had been removed when the Navy acquired the ship. During cruises to the Pacific islands in 1950-51 there was a makeshift quarters with a tarp as a cover. The "penthouse" was added while in dry dock at Pearl Harbor in September/October 1951. Willard Adams USS Hewell October 1951 and April 1953.
    Hewell 52k
    Hewell 17k USS Hewell (AKL-14) with hull number changed to AK-601 for the filming of "Mr. Roberts". Photo was taken off Midway Island in September 1954. Willard Adams USS Hewell October 1951 and April 1953.
    Hewell 111k Photographs taken aboard USS Hewell (AKL-14) during the filminig of the motion picture "Mr. Roberts". The man diving off the bridge is 21 year old Patrick Wayne, son of John Wayne. Crew members each received a check for $200.00 for being in the movie, All crew members also received a lighter with Hewell on one side and Mr. Roberts on the other. The lighters were given to the crew by the Director of the movie, John Ford. Willard Adams USS Hewell October 1951 and April 1953.
    Hewell 130k
    Hewell 103k

    USS Hewell (AG-145 / AKL-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hinkleman Jr., John Ward5 June 1948 - 2 January 1949AG-145
    02LTjg. Beemer, Charles R.2 January 1949 - 9 June 1949AG-125 / AKL-14
    03LT. Jaworski, Stanley9 June 1949 - 11 May 1951AKL-14
    04LT. Holland, Dale E.11 May 1951 - 31 March 1952AKL-14
    05LT. Preston, Quinnie Batson, USN31 March 1952 - January 1954AKL-14
    06LT. Gerzewski, Remig Francis FerdinandJanuary 1954 - 15 March 1955AKL-14
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Willard Adams

    Korean Ports of call during the Korean War Era
    19524- Chinhae5-Ulsan14-Pohang1-Suyong1-Inchon1-Pusan 
    19534- Chinhae4-Ulsan*1-Wonson North Korea 10-Pohang1-Kunsan1-Inchon4-Pusan
    19541- Chinhae4-Inchon2-Pusan 
    *"The trip to Wonson on July 31 was to pick up 200 South Korean Marines and transport [them] back to South Korea at Chinhae. They were put in the two cargo holds [which were them covered]. The [South Korean] interpreter advising there would be no cigarette lighters or fire in the holds. When they got to Chinhae and opened the holds there were candles taped all over the bulkhead. Captain Preston was very upset to say the least."
    Willard Adams

    For more photos and information about USS Howell, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Hewell history by Willard Adams
  • Aggregate Crew List contributed by Willard Adams USS Hewell
  • Commissioning Log Entries
  • The fictional USS Reluctant from the movie Mr. Roberts.
  • Gooney Bird Bugle

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

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