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USAMP Lt. COL. Ellery W. Niles
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Built in 1936-37 for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department by by Pusey and Jones Shipbuilding Co, Wilmington,DE.
Launched, 22 July 1937
Named in honor of Lt. Col. Ellery W. Niles, a former mine planter commander and the chief of war plans in the Office of the Chief of Coast Artillery when he passed away in 1929
Capt. Rodney C. Jones, USA, assigned as commanding officer 1 May 1937
Accepted for service and commissioned by the Quartermaster Corps in July 1937, assigned to the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service
Assigned to the Coast Defenses of San Francisco while stationed at Fort Du Pont, DE., during outfitting and initial shakedown period
Departed Fort Du Pont in January 1938 en route for Fort Monroe, VA.
Arrived back at Fort Du Pont via the Army Supply Base, Brooklyn, in March 1938
Departed Fort Du Pont in May 1938 en route for Fort Baker, CA, via the Panama Canal
Arrived at Fort Winfield Scott, CA., in June 1938
On arrival, additional personnel were transferred to the Niles from the decommissioned USAMP Col.
Typically docked at the mine wharf at Fort Winfield Scott until 1939 when Niles was moved to a new mine wharf built at Fort Baker across San Francisco Bay
On detached service to Fort Rosecrans, CA., in January 1939 to conduct training with the Harbor Defenses of San Diego
On detached service to Fort Amador, C.Z., in June 1940 for mining operations with the Harbor Defenses of Balboa
In coordination with USAMP Gen. William M. Graham, in June-August 1940 Niles
installed the wartime minefields that protected the Panama Canal Zone during World War II
Decommissioned, date unknown
Sold after World War II, renamed R/VF. V. Hunt and served as an acoustical research ship in the Bahamas; operating as the Cayman Salvage Master in the
Cayman Islands as of the mid-1980s
Final Disposition, reefed in 1985
Displacement 840 t. (gross)
Armament one 40mm gun
Cruise Radius unknown
Fuel Capacities unknown
three engines. Diesel-electric drive
three shafts, 1,120 shp
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||USAMP Lt. Col. Ellery W. Niles launching, Pusey & Jones, Wilmington,DE. in 1937
||USAMP Lt. Col. Ellery W. Niles under way, date and location unknown.
||US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo
||R/V F.V. Hunt ex-USAMP Lt. Col. Ellery W. Niles moored pierside, date and location unknown.
The history for USAMP LT. Col. Ellery W. Niles is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
|01|| Capt. Rodney C. Jones, USA||1 May 1937 - 7 July 1937|
|02|| Maj. Samuel Rubin, USA||31 August 1937 - August 1940|
|US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
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