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SS Alamo

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built in 1917-18 as the Laker SS Lake Elon at Great Lakes Engine Works, Ashtabula, OH.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered in September 1919 to US Shipping Board
  • Renamed SS Alamo in 1925
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 14 March 1942, from Agwilines, Inc.
  • Allocated to the War Department, 10 December 1942, as a bare bottom charter
  • Alamo was assigned to the US Army Small Ship Section Southwest-Pacific Area during World War II
  • Released, 18 June 1946, by the War Shipping Administration to Agwilines, Inc. for sale to Chinese interest as private sale
  • Sold, 30 July 1946, at Shanghai, China, reflagged Republic of China, renamed SS Hai Lu
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1949
    Displacement 2,675 gross t.
    Length 253'6"
    Beam 43'8"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Largest Boom Capacity unknown
    one 3"/50 single gun mount on the stern
    three 20mm single gun mounts, one on the stern two on superstructure
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine
    single propeller, 1,500 hp

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    Merchant Service
    52k SS Lake Elon moored pierside, circa 1919 to 1925, location unknown.
    BowlingGreen State University, Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    John Spivey
    Alamo - The Battle of the Alamo (23 February – 6 March 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna reclaimed the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas), killing most of the Texians and Tejanos inside.
    Photo - Robert Jenkins Onderdonk (1852–1917) painting circa 1903) "The Fall of the Alamo“ or Crockett's Last Stand", from the Texas Governor's Mansion collection in Austin, TX. ([[File:FalloftheAlamo.jpg|FalloftheAlamo]]) Wikipedia Commons
    Map - Siege of the Alamo Map by Col. Andrew Jackson Houston, (Copano Bay Press).
    Tommy Trampp
    45k Aerial view of the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with HMS Buxton (H-96), SS Alamo and SS Ingerfern at anchor, circa 1941.
    Nova Scotia Archives
    John Spivey
    U.S. Army Small Ships Section
    78k Aerial starboard side view of SS Alamo anchored at Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 17 July 1943
    Australian War Museum photo (Naval Historical Collection) # 302873
    John Spivey

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