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USS General Alava (AG-5)

1927-International Radio Call Sign:
Negative - Alpha - Mike - George
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 (Out of Service) 26 February 1906 to 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
    General Alava - Miguel Ricardo de Álava y Esquivel, KB, MWO (7 July 1770 – 14 July 1843) was a Spanish General and statesman who served as Prime Minister of Spain in 1835. He was born in the Basque Country, at Vitoria-Gasteiz, in 1770. Álava holds the distinction of having been present at both Trafalgar and Waterloo, fighting against the British at the former and with them at the latter.
    Portrait of General Alava in the Museo de Bellas Artes de Álava by unknown artist. Wikipedia Commons
    Tommy Trampp
    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
    General Alava 178k USS General Alava and USS B-2 (ex-Cuttlefish) in Philippine waters, prior to World War I.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 85719, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1977.
    Robert Hurst
    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, Charles Erben, USN (USNA 1872) :RADM9 March 1900 - 13 September 1900
    02LCDR. Halsey, William Frederick, USN (USNA 1873)13 September 1900 - 4 September 1902
    03LCDR. Glennon, James Henry, USN (USNA 1874) :RADM4 September 1902 - 18 October 1902
    04LCDR. Anderson Jr., Edwin Alexander, USN (USNA 1882)18 October 1902 - November 1903
    05LCDR Gibbons, John Henry, USN (USNA 1879)November 1903 - 8 January 1903
     Decommissioned16 May 1903 - 11 June 1904
    06LT. Schonbourg, Charles, USN 24 March 1919 - 1920
    07LCDR. Ponto, Arthur, Rodolph, USN1920 - 31 December 1921
    08CHBOSN. Holmes, Jerry Carter, USN1923 - ?
    09LCDR. Baltzly, Frederick, USN (USNA 1911)1928 - 28 June 1929< /td>
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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