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USCGC Ilex (WAGL-222)
US Coast Guard International Radio Call Sign:
USLHT Ilex (1921 - 1939)
USAMP Brig. Gen. Edmund Kirby (1920 - 1921)
November - Romeo - Whiskey - Bravo
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 for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department at Fabricated Ship Building, Milwaukee, WI.
Launched in 1919
Assigned to the Middle Atlantic Coast Artillery District, 4 May 1920
Accepted for service by the Quartermaster Department, commissioned USAMP Brig. General Edmund Kirby, 22 June 1920, 1st Lt. Arthur F. Gilmore, USA in command
Named in honor of Brig. Gen. Edmund Kirby, U.S. Volunteers, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863
Assigned to the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service
Departed Milwaukee, 5 September 1920 and arrived at Fort Totten, N.Y. on 11 October 1920
Caught fire, 12 October 1920, and suffered extensive damage to her superstructure. Typically docked at the 125th Street dock, New York City, N.Y.
Further assigned to the Coast Defenses of Portland, 9 November 1920, but the Kirby never actually served at that location
Transferred, 26 January 1921, to the Army Supply Base, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Transferred, 2 August 1921 to Fort Wood, N.Y.
Decommissioned, 6 October 1921
Transferred, 6 October 1921 to the United States Lighthouse Service (USLHS), Department of Commerce renamed USLHT Ilex
Absorbed into the US Coast Guard, 1 July 1939, commissioned USCGC Ilex (WAGL-222)
Decommissioned by the US Coast Guard, 14 October 1947
Sold, 14 October 1947 to W.B. Fountain, Norfolk, VA.
Final Disposition, burnt at Newfoundland, Canada in 1948
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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Edmund Kirby was a U.S. Army officer who was killed during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He was born in Brownville, New York to Major Edmund Kirby, an army
paymaster, and Eliza Brown. He was a second cousin of Confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith, and his mother was a daughter of Major General Jacob Brown, who had served
as the Commanding General of the United States Army.
||USAMP Brig. Gen. Edmund Kirby under way, date and location unknown
||US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo
The history for USAMP Brig. Gen. Edmund Kirby is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
|01||1st Lt. Arthur F. Gilmore, USA||22 June 1920 - 29 July 1920|
|02||Capt. Geoffrey Marshall, USA|| 29 July 1920 – April 1921|
|03||Capt. Ernest C. Bomar, USA|| April 1921 – 6 October 1921|
|US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
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