USS Ryer (AG-138)

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Union Navy Jack United States
Name: USS Ryer
Namesake: An island off the coast of California
Builder: Kewaunee Ship Building Co., Kewaunee, Wisconsin
Laid down: 1944 in Wisconsin
Completed: as U.S. Army FS-361, 28 February 1944
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 22 February 1947
Commissioned: 8 June 1947 as USS Ryer (AG-138)
Decommissioned: 4 August 1955, at Astoria, Oregon
Reclassified: AKL-9, 31 March 1949
Struck: 1 July 1961
Homeport: Guam
Honours and
six battle stars for service in the Korean War
Fate: sold, 25 January 1962
Notes: later known as Ahti, Caldrill 1, and West 1
General characteristics
Type: Camano-class cargo ship
Displacement: 520 tons
Tons burthen: 935 tons
Length: 177'
Beam: 33'
Draft: 10'
Propulsion: two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 26 officers and enlisted
Armament: not known

USS Ryer (AG-138/AKL-9) was a Camano-class cargo ship constructed for the U.S. Army as the Freight and Supply Ship USA FS-361 shortly before the end of World War II. On delivery the ship was U.S. Coast Guard crewed and assigned to serve the Southwest Pacific area during the war.[1] The ship was acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1947, configured as a transport and cargo ship, named and was Commissioned, Miscellaneous Auxiliary, USS Ryer (AG-138), 8 June 1947 and reclassified Light Cargo Ship, (AKL-9), 31 March 1949.

U.S. Army[edit]

FS-361 was built in 1944 for the U.S. Army by the Sturgeon Bay Ship Building & Dry Docking Co. of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin designated FS-361 on 28 February 1944 and launched September 1944.[2] The ship was Coast Guard crewed and assigned to the Southwest Pacific area during the war.[3]

U.S. Navy[edit]

The ship transferred to the Navy 22 February 1947; named Ryer and designated AG-138 on 3 April 1947; and commissioned on 8 June 1947. Redesignated AKL-9 on 31 March 1949, USS Ryer was used by the Navy until the summer of 1950 on logistic support and surveillance missions in the Mariana Islands, the Caroline Islands, the Bonin Islands, and the Marshall Islands. During the Korean War, she carried ammunition between Sasebo, Nagasaki and various Korean ports, including Pusan and Inchon, from September 1950 to September 1951. From Korean duty, the ship returned to logistic support and surveillance duties in Micronesia, with her home port at Guam. She continued this service until returning to the United States for decommissioning.[4]

Final decommissioning[edit]

Ryer was placed in commission, in reserve, on 18 June 1955 and out of commission, in reserve, at Astoria, Oregon, on 4 August 1955. At Astoria until struck from the Navy List at San Diego, California, on 1 July 1961, she was delivered to her purchaser, Pacific Tow-Boat & Salvage Co., Long Beach, California, on 25 January 1962.

Honors and awards[edit]

Ryer earned six battle stars for service in the Korean War:

  • North Korean Aggression
  • Communist China Aggression
  • Inchon Landing
  • First UN Counter-offensive
  • Communist China Spring Offensive
  • UN Summer-Fall Offensive


  1. ^ USCG Historian. "World War II Coast Guard-Manned U.S. Army Freight and Supply Ship Histories". Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  2. ^ Shipbuilding History. "U.S. Army Coastal Freighters (F, FS, T)". Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  3. ^ USCG Historian. "World War II Coast Guard-Manned U.S. Army Freight and Supply Ship Histories". Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  4. ^ Naval History & Heritage Command. "Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships-Ryer". Retrieved 2011-09-27.