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USAMP Gen. William M. Graham


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Mine Planter:
  • Laid down in 1916-17 for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 29 August 1917
  • Accepted for service by the Quartermaster Corps, 3 January 1918
  • Commissioned USAMP Gen. William M. Graham, assigned to the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service, Panama Coast Artillery District
  • Named for Gen. William M. Graham, who served as a general officer in the United States Army in both the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War
  • USAMP Gen. William M. Graham, was the first US Army vessel designed to be a combined mine planter and cable ship
  • Stationed at Fort Sherman, Canal Zone, as of January 1919
  • Further assigned to the Coast Defenses of Cristobal, 9 November 1920, typically docked at the mine wharf at Fort Sherman
  • Personnel assigned to General William M Graham were concurrently assigned to Headquarters Battery, 1st Coast Artillery, 30 June 1924
  • Personnel relieved from Headquarters Battery, 1st Coast Artillery about August 1926
  • Awarded E for mine planting efficiency in 1937
  • In coordination with the USAMP Lt. Col. Ellery W. Niles, in June-August 1940 USAMP Gen. William M. Graham installed the wartime minefields that protected the Panama Canal Zone
  • Decommissioned and sold to Panama in 1945, renamed SS Panama City
  • Dropped off the list of US Merchant Vessels after 1949
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1948
    Specifications:
    Displacement 611 t. gross
    Length 170'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 17'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Complement
    Propulsion
    two reciprocating steam engines
    two shafts, 800shp

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    General William M Graham 34k USAMP Gen. William M. Graham under way, date and location unknown US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo

    The history for USAMP Gen. William M. Graham is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
    Commanding Officers
    01Capt. William R. Deeble, USA1 May 1919 - January 1920
    02Maj. Edwin B. Spiller, USA 25 January 1920 6 September 1920
    031st Lt. Evans R. Crowell, USA 6 September 1920 8 April 1921
    04Capt. William D. Evans, USA 8 April 1921 22 October 1922
    05Capt. Frederic W. Cook, USA 27 October 1922 30 June 1924
    061st Lt. Joseph Harris, USA 30 June 1924 12 September 1924
    07Capt. LeRoy H. Lohmann, USA 12 September 1924 24 May 1927
    081st Lt. David B. Latimer, USA 24 May 1927 11 July 1927
    091st Lt. Charles F. Wilson, USA 12 July 1927 29 May 1929
    10Lt. Raymond M. Arthur, USA 30 May 1929 28 April 1930
    112d Lt. John J. Holst, USA 28 April 1930 15 August 1930
    12Capt. Willis L. Claxton, USA 15 August 1930 25 July 1932
    13Capt. Harry E. Pendleton, USA 25 July 1932 4 August 1934
    141st Lt. Virgil Kimm, USA 4 August 1934 11 July 1936
    151st Lt. Ira W. Cory, USA 11 July 1936 21 August 1936
    16Capt. George A. Ford, USA 21 August 1936 9 June 1938
    17Capt. Gerald G. Gibbs, USA 10 June 1938 19 September 1939
    18Capt. John J. Holst, USA 20 September 1939 16 September 1941
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    United States Harbor Defenses - USCG Cable Ship Pequot - Sister Ships - Mills, Frank, Schofield, and Graham
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    Last Updated the Week of 17 December 2018