USS Ryer (AG-138)

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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 USAT 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 Conflict
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 USAT FS-347 shortly before the end of World War II and later acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1947. She was configured as a transport and cargo ship and was assigned to serve the World War II Trust Territories in the Pacific Ocean.

Built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Ryer (AG-138), built in 1944 for commercial use by the Sturgeon Bay Ship Building & Dry Docking Co. of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, was accepted by the U.S. Army and designated FS-361 on 28 February 1944, taken over by the Navy 22 February 1947; named Ryer and designated AG-138 on 3 April 1947; and commissioned on 8 June 1947.

Assigned to the Trust Territory

Redesignated AKL-9 on 31 March 1949, 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.

Korean War service

During the Korean Conflict, she carried ammunition between Sasebo 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.

Final decommissioning

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

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

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