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USAMP Gen. Henry Knox

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal

Mine Planter:
  • Built in 1903-04 for the US Army Quartermaster Department at Neafie & Levy Shipbuilding Co. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 5 March 1904
  • Named in honor of Brigadier General Henry Knox, Revolutionary War hero and first U.S. Secretary of War
  • Accepted for service by the Quartermaster Department about June 1904
  • Commissioned USAMP General Henry Knox
  • Stationed at Fort Mills, Corregidor, P.I. as of January 1920
  • Assigned to the Coast Defenses of Manila and Subic Bay, usually docked at the North Dock at Corregidor
  • Decommissioned in March 1923
  • Personnel transferred to the USAMP. Gen. George F.E. Harrison
  • Sold in 1926, renamed SS Chan Hing, reflagged China
  • Resold in 1931, renamed SS Vincent Davin, reflagged France, worked in French Indochina
  • Final Disposition, wrecked in 1937
    Displacement 447 t. gross
    Length 150'
    Beam 30.5'
    Draft 10'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam
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    General Henry Knox 14k
    Henry Knox (July 25, 1750 October 25, 1806) was a military officer of the Continental Army and later the United States Army, who also served as the first United States Secretary of War from 1789 to 1794.
    Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, he owned and operated a bookstore there, cultivating an interest in military history and joining a local artillery company. When the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, he befriended General George Washington, and quickly rose to become the chief artillery officer of the Continental Army. In this role he accompanied Washington on most of his campaigns, and had some involvement in many major actions of the war. He established training centers for artillerymen and manufacturing facilities for weaponry that were valuable assets to the fledgling nation.
    Following the adoption of the United States Constitution, he became President Washington's Secretary of War. In this role he oversaw the development of coastal fortifications, worked to improve the preparedness of local militia, and oversaw the nation's military activity in the Northwest Indian War. He was formally responsible for the nation's relationship with the Indian population in the territories it claimed, articulating a policy that established federal government supremacy over the states in relating to Indian nations, and called for treating Indian nations as sovereign. Knox's idealistic views on the subject were frustrated by ongoing illegal settlements and fraudulent land transfers involving Indian lands.
    He retired to what is now Thomaston, Maine, in 1795, where he oversaw the rise of a business empire built on borrowed money. He died in 1806 from an infection he contracted after swallowing a chicken bone, leaving an estate that was bankrupt/
    Portrait by Gilbert Stuart, 1806 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    General Henry Knox 108k USAMP Gen. Henry Knoxmoored pierside in the Philippine, circa 1921. US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo

    The history for USAMP Gen. Henry Knox is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
    Commanding Officers
    01Capt. Charles E. Loucks, USAJanuary 1920 - March 1921
    02Capt. G. D. Davidson, USAMarch 1921 April 1921
    031st Lt. Edwin P. Harts, USAApril 1921 1 September 1921
    041st Lt. James E. Troupe, USA1 September 1921 6 December 1921
    051st Lt. Lawrence W. Bartlett, USA6 December 1921 30 September 1922
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2

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