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USAMP Brig. Gen. John J. Hayden
USAMP Gen. J. Franklin Bell (1920 - 1941)

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

Mine Planter:
  • Built in 1919-20 for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department at Fabricated Shipbuilding, Co. Milwaukee, WI.
  • Launched in 1920
  • Named in honor of Maj. Gen. J. Franklin Bell, Chief of Staff, US Army 1906 to 1910
  • Assigned to the South Pacific Coast Artillery District, 4 May 1920
  • Accepted for service by the Quartermaster Corps in June 1920. commissioned USAMP General J. Franklin Bell
  • Allocated to the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service
  • Transferred in October 1920 to Army Supply Base, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Further assigned to the Coast Defenses of San Francisco, 9 November 1920
  • Departed Army Supply Base, Brooklyn, N.Y. in October 1921 en route to Fort Winfield Scott, San Francisco, CA., via Cienfuegos, Cuba, and the Panama Canal
  • Arrived at Fort Winfield Scott in mid-November 1921, typically docked at the piers at Fort Mason. San Francisco or at the mine wharf at Fort Winfield Scott
  • Departed Fort Winfield Scott, 23 June 1922, transferred to Fort Worden, WA., arriving there circa 30 June 1922
  • Concurrently relieved from the Coast Defenses of San Francisco and assigned to the Coast Defenses of Puget Sound
  • Personnel assigned to General J. Franklin Bell were concurrently assigned to Battery G, 14th Coast Artillery. 30 June 1924
  • Personnel relieved from Battery G, 14th Coast Artillery, circa July 1927
  • Relieved from the Harbor Defenses of Puget Sound in May 1940 and assigned to the Harbor Defenses of Balboa, Panama Canal Zone
  • Departed Fort Worden in May 1940 and arrived at Fort Randolph, C.Z. in June 1940
  • Renamed USAMP Brig. Gen. John J. Hayden in 1941
  • Decommissioned and sold after World War II.
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1946
    Displacement 704 t.
    Length 172'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 17'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Range 1,692 mi.
    Pre-war (33)
    1942 (44)
    2 Page & Burton water-tube boilers
    2 Allis Chalmers compound, inverted, reciprocating steam engines
    2 propellers, 1,000shp

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    General Franklin J. Bell 123k
    James Franklin Bell was an officer in the United States Army who served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1906 to 1910. Bell was a major general in the Regular United States Army, commanding the Department of the East, with headquarters at Governors Island, New York at the time of his death in 1919. He entered West Point in 1874, and graduated 38th in a class of 43 in 1878, with a commission as second lieutenant of the 9th Cavalry Regiment.
    General Franklin J. Bell 37k USAMP Gen. J. Franklin Bell under way, date and location unknown. US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo

    The history for USAMP Brig. Gen. John J. Hayden / USAMP Gen. J. Franklin Bell is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
    Commanding Officers
    011st. Lt. Ernest C. Bomar, USA24 August 1920 - 28 November 1920
    02Capt. Carl S. Dorey, USA 28 November 1920 24 September 1921
    03Capt. Edward E. Murphy, USA 24 September 1921 3 August 1922
    041st Lt. Dean R. Dickey, USA 3 August 1922 17 May 1923
    051st Lt. Harold L. Stiebel, USA 17 May 1923 19 December 1923
    06Capt. Raymond B. Bottom, USA 19 December 1923 1 July 1924
    071st Lt. Frederick B. Dodge Jr., USA 1 July 1924 25 November 1924
    081st Lt. James R. Lowder, USA 25 November 1924 20 July 1925
    09Capt. Joseph F. Stiley, USA 20 July 1925 24 March 1928
    10Capt. James R. Lowder, USA 24 March 1928 6 July 1928
    112d Lt. John S. Henn, USA 7 July 1928 19 December 1929
    122d Lt. Oscar J. Levin, USA 20 December 1929 1 May 1932
    13Capt. James R. Lowder, USA 1 May 1932 1 March 1934
    141st Lt. John H. Kochevar, USA 1 March 1934 17 December 1934
    151st Lt. Paul A. Jaccard, USA 17 December 1934 1 February 1936
    161st Lt. Harry F. Townsend, USA 1 February 1936 2 July 1937
    171st Lt. John A. Sawyer, USA 2 July 1937 10 August 1938
    181st Lt. Robert J. Lawlor, USA 10 August 1938 31 October 1938
    19Capt. George B. Anderson, USA 31 October 1938 6 September 1939
    201st Lt. Lamar C. Ratcliffe, USA 7 September 1939 1 February 1942
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2

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