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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)
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)
England, United Kingdom
|148k||undated wartime image||John Klar|
|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")
England, United Kingdom
|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. 1943||Lcdr. Warren Franklin Porter, USNR* (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 14 Dec. 1943 - 08 Aug. 1944||Lcdr. Dion Beauchamp Poupeney, USNR|
|3.) 08 Aug. 1944 - 10 Mar. 1945||Lcdr. William James Barney Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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