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USS General Alava (AG-5)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Philippines Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal

  • Built 1895 by A. McMillan & Sons, Dumbarton, Scotland
  • Captured during the Spanish-American War
  • Transferred from the War Department to the Navy, 21 February 1900
  • Commissioned USS General Alava, 9 March 1900 at Cavite, P.I., LCDR. C. E. Fox in command
  • Decommissioned, 24 January 1903, at Cavite, P.I.
  • Recommissioned, 11 June 1904
  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1906
  • Recommissioned, 18 December 1906
  • Designated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG-5), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1929, at Shanghai, China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 17 July 1929
    Displacement 1,390 t.
    Length 212' 6"
    Beam 28' 3"
    Draft 13'
    Speed 10.5 kts.
    Complement 76
    Armament one 6-pdr, two 3-pdrs
    Propulsion system unknown

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    General Alava 166k USS General Alava alongside Machina Wharf, Naval Station, Cavite, Philippines, 17 September 1903. She had been decommissioned here, 24 January 1903, and was recommissioned on 11 June 1904.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 1, Photo No. 19-N-11496, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.
    Mike Green
    General Alava 104k USS General Alava dressed with flags, 1905.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (S-048-D), Photo No. None, courtesy Shipscribe.
    Mike Green
    SS-11 80k USS General Alava and USS B-2 (ex-Cuttlefish) in Philippine waters, prior to World War I.
    US Navy photo # NH 85719, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1977.
    US Naval Historical Center
    General Alava 26k USS General Alava underway, circa 1920, location unknown. Gunter Krebs
    General Alava 127k USS General Alava at Shanghai dressed with flags circa the 1920s. Her topmasts have been raised to support radio antennas.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (S-348-B), Photo No. None, courtesy Shipscribe.
    Mike Green
    General Alava 79k USS General Alava at anchor, location unknown, probably circa the 1920s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 67638, courtesy Shipscribe.
    Mike Green

    USS General Alava (AG-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Fox, C. E.9 March 1900 - ?
     Decommissioned24 January 1903 - 11 June 1904
     Decommissioned26 February 1906 - 18 December 1906
     LT. Schonbourg, Charles, USN 24 March 1919 - 1920
     LCDR. Ponto, Arthur, Rodolph1920 - 31 December 1921
     CHBOSN. Holmes, J. C.1923 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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