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Lost to enemy action, 15 March 1942

USCGC Acacia (WAGL-200)
USLHT Acacia (1921 - 1939)
USAMP Gen. John P. Story (1920 - 1921)

US Coast Guard International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Delta - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 15 March 1942)
Bottom 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, 15 September 1919
  • Named in honor of Maj. Gen. John Patten Story, Chief of Artillery, 190405
  • Accepted for service by the Quartermaster Corps in early 1920
  • Allocated to the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service
  • Assigned to Coast Defenses of Pensacola, but never actually served at Pensacola
  • Stationed at Milwaukee, WI, in January 1920
  • Transferred in November 1920 to the Army Supply Base, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Transferred in April 1921 to Fort Totten, N.Y.
  • Transferred in August 1921 to Fort Monroe, VA.
  • Decommissioned, 10 November 1921
  • Transferred, 14 April 1927, to the US Lighthouse Service, Department of Commerce, renamed USLHT Acacia
  • Converted to a buoy tender and assigned to San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Absorbed into the US Coast Guard, 1 July 1939, Commissioned USCGC Acacia (WAGL-200)
  • Final Disposition, sunk by German Uboat U-161, 15 March 1942, approximately 70 nmi southwest of Saint Kitts and Nevis
    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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    USAMP Gen. John P. Story
    General John P. Story
    John Patten Story (August 25, 1841 March 25, 1915) was a career officer in the United States Army who attained the rank of major general. An 1865 graduate of the United States Military Academy, he served from shortly after the end of the American Civil War until retiring in 1905. A specialist in the use of coastal artillery for harbor defense, he was most notable for his service as commandant of the Artillery School (1902-1904) and the Army's Chief of Artillery (1904-1905) (Wikipedia).
    The Coast artillery school, 1824-1927.Page 48.
    Tommy Trampp
    General John P. Story 130k USAMP Gen. John P. Story moored pierside, date and location unknown. US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo

    The history for USAMP Gen. John P. Story is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
    Commanding Officers
    01Capt. John R. Ellis, USAJanuary 1920 - 19 June 1920
    02Capt. Carl S. Dorey, USA 30 June 19208 August 1920
    03Maj. Belton O. Kennedy, USA 8 August 1920 October 1920
    04Capt. Carl S. Dorey, USA October 1920 8 December 1920
    05Capt. Coburn L. Berry, USA 8 December 1920 10 November 1921
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2

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