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USCGC Spruce (WAGL-246)
US Coast Guard International Radio Call Sign:
USLHT Spruce (1923 - 1939)
USAMP Colonel Garland N. Whistler (1920 - 1921)
November - Romeo - Whiskey - Hotel
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
Speedwell Class Mine Planter:
Built in 1918-19 as USAMP Colonel Garland N. Whistler for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps. at Fabricated Ship Building, Milwaukee, WI.
Launched in 1920
Named in honor of Col. Garland Nelson Whistler, a distinguished artillery man who served forty years on active duty
Assigned to the South Pacific Coast Artillery District on 4 May 1920
Accepted by the US Army Quartermaster Corps. and commissioned, USAMP Colonel Garland N. Whistler, 7 September 1920, Capt. Carl S. Doney USA in command
Departed Milwaukee in mid-October 1920 and arrived Fort Totten, N.Y., on 14 November 1920
Further assigned to the Coast Defenses of Oahu, 9 November 1920, but Whistler never actually served at that location
Reassigned to Army Supply Base, Brooklyn, N.Y., 20 November 1920, docking at Pier #5 at Hoboken, N.J.
Transferred, 11 May 1921, to Fort Hancock, N.J.
Decommissioned, 22 September 1921, at Fort Wood, N.Y.
Transferred in 1923 to the United States Lighthouse Service (USLHS), renamed USLHT Spruce
Absorbed into the US Coast Guard in 1939, redesignated USCGC Spruce (WAGL-246)
During World War II USCGC Spruce (WAGL-246) was assigned to the 10th Naval District, stationed at San Juan, Puerto Rico
Decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1946
Transferred to the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1947
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1,130 t.
Range 1,692 mi.
2 Page & Burton water-tube boilers
2 Allis Chalmers compound, inverted, reciprocating steam engines
2 propellers, 1,000shp
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Joseph Nelson Garland Whistler was a career United States Army officer. He served in the Mexican–American War and received a brevet appointment for distinguished
service in the Battle of Contreras and the Battle of Churubusco. At the beginning of the American Civil War, Whistler was among the U.S. Regular Army officers taken
prisoner by Confederates in Texas in April 1861 and paroled but was not exchanged until August 15, 1862. In 1863, he became colonel of the 2nd New York Heavy Artillery
Regiment. He received a promotion and four brevet appointments in the regular army for his service during the Overland Campaign, specifically the Battle of North Anna, and
the Siege of Petersburg, specifically the Second Battle of Petersburg. He was nominated on January 13, 1866 and confirmed on March 12, 1866 for appointment to the grade of
brevet brigadier general of volunteers, to rank from March 13, 1866. He retired in on October 19, 1886 as colonel of the 15th U.S. Infantry Regiment.
||USAMP Colonel Garland N. Whistler under way, date and location unknown
||US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo
History from "US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2"
|01|| Capt. Carl S. Doney, USA||7 September 1920 - 29 November 1920|
|02|| Capt. Phillip S. Day, USA||20 December 1920 - 22 September 1921|
|US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
Last Updated the Week of 17 December 2018
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