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USS Alger (DE 101)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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American Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Alger (DE 101) Building and Operational Data:
  • 02 January 1943: Keel laid by the Dravo Corp., Wilmington, Del.
  • 08 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Louisa Rodgers Alger
  • 12 November 1943: Commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Lcdr. W. F. Porter in command
  • 21 January 1944: Arrived in Trinidad to commence service in the Caribbean and South Atlantic, operating primarily between Trinidad and Recife, Brazil
  • 10 March 1945: Decommissioned at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil after 1 year and 4 months of service; loaned to Brazil and renamed Babitonga (Be-7) (struck, scrapped in 1964)
  • 20 July 1953: Struck from the NVR, title transferred outright to Brazil under the Mutual Assistance Program (MAP)
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    66k Philip Rounsevile Alger was born on 29 September 1859, in Boston, Mass. He entered the Naval Academy in 1876 and graduated four years later at the head of his class. His first cruise, in the steam sloop USS Richmond, took him to the Pacific station and to China. In 1882, Alger was ordered to the Bureau of Ordnance, Washington, D.C. This assignment exposed him for the first time to the field in which he was to later win marked distinction.

    Following duty in European waters on board the screw steamer Pensacola from 1885 to 1889, Alger returned to the Bureau of Ordnance. On 10 November 1890, he resigned his commission as a line officer ensign to accept an appointment as a professor of mathematics with an equivalent rank of lieutenant. One year later, he was named head of the department of mechanics at the Naval Academy. In ensuing years, Alger was closely involved in the great advances made in naval ordnance which were made as the United States established its "New Navy."

    In 1903, Alger accepted the position of secretary and treasurer of the United States Naval Institute, an office that entailed the editing of the institute's Proceedings. The following year, Alger was appointed to a special board to advise the Bureau of Ordnance in developing and test ordnance material. Alger's extensive writing on ordnance included two books, Exterior Ballistics (1904) and The Elastic Strength of Guns (1906), which came to be regarded as standards in their fields. His work entitled Hydromechanics (1902) was used as a textbook at the Naval Academy and other institutions of higher learning. Alger also penned numerous articles on a wide range of technical subjects. Alger died at Annapolis, Md., on 23 February 1912

    USS Alger (DE 101) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    296k 08 July 1943: Wilmington, Del. - The future USS Alger (DE 101) is side launched into the Christina River.
    327k early 1944: USS Hamul (AD 20) with (from left to right) DEs USS Calcaterra (DE 390); USS Pride (DE 323); USS Falgout (DE 324); USS Alger (DE 101) and USS Eichenberger (DE 202), alongside at Bermuda. Note HF/DF antenna visible on three of the five DEs, and the two-tone Measure 22 camouflage on four of the five DEs.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 86271, courtesy of the Captain D.L. Madeira Collection)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    148k undated wartime image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    117k undated: as the Brazilian Navy CTE ("Contratorpedeiro de Escolta" / Destroyer Escort) Babitonga (D-16) Luiz Brazil Cotta
    FT3 (Brazilian Navy, Ret.)
    81k circa 1960: Babitonga (D-16) (ex-USS Alger, DE-101) underway.

    (Official Brazilian Navy photo; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961-62")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Alger History
    View the USS Alger (DE 101) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Alger's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Nov. 1943 - 14 Dec. 1943Lcdr. Warren Franklin Porter, USNR* (Comm. CO) (USNA '25)
    2.) 14 Dec. 1943 - 08 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Dion Beers Poupeney, USNR
    3.) 08 Aug. 1944 - 10 Mar. 1945Lcdr. William Joshua Barney Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO)
    * Relieved for cause after running aground at Bermuda
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