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USCGC Spruce (WAGL-246)
USLHT Spruce (1923 - 1939)
USAMP Col. Garland N. Whistler (1920 - 1921)

US Coast Guard 1938 - International Radio Call Sign:
Negat - Roger - William - Hypo
USLHT 1924 - International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Item - Xray - Dog
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 Col. 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 Col. 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.
    Length 172'6"
    Beam 32'
    Draft 11'6"
    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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    US Lighthouse Service Tender Spruce
    31k USLHT Spruce under way, circa 1923, location unknown.
    US Light House Service photo
    John Spivey
    USAMP Col. Garland N. Whistler
    Colonel Garland N. Whistler 2k

    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.
    Colonel Garland N. Whistler 50k USAMP Col. Garland N. Whistler under way, date and location unknown US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo

    There is no history for USLHT Spruce available at NavSource
    The history for USAMP Col. Garland N. Whistler is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
    Commanding Officers
    01 Capt. Carl S. Doney, USA7 September 1920 - 29 November 1920
    02 Capt. Phillip S. Day, USA20 December 1920 - 22 September 1921
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2

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