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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Cannon Class Type DET Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid January 2 1943 - Launched July 8 1943

  1. USS ALGER DE-101
    Commissioned November 12 1943 - Decommissioned March 10 1945

    Struck from Naval Register July 20 1953

  2. BABITONGO D-16 (Brazilian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Brazil March 10 1945 and renamed

    Stricken and scrapped 1964

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1944)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established November 10 1943 - Disestablished March 31 1945


Locy Type




Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Philip Rounsevile Alger (September 29 1859 - February 23 1912)
Alger entered the Naval Academy in 1876 and graduated four years later at the head of his class. His first cruise, in RICHMOND, took him to the Pacific station and to China. In 1882, Alger was ordered to the Bureau of Ordnance, Washington, D.C. This assignment exposed him for the first time to the field in which he was to later win marked distinction. Following duty in European waters on board USS PENSACOLA from 1885 to 1889, Alger returned to the Bureau of Ordnance. On November 10 1890, he resigned his commission as a line officer Ensign to accept an appointment as a professor of mathematics with an equivalent rank of Lieutenant. One year later, he was named head of the department of mechanics at the Naval Academy. In ensuing years, Alger was closely involved in the great advances made in naval ordnance which were made as the United States established its "New Navy." In 1903, Alger accepted the position of secretary and treasurer of the United States Naval Institute, an office that entailed the editing of the institute's Proceedings. The following year, Alger was appointed to a special board to advise the Bureau of Ordnance in developing and test ordnance material. Alger's extensive writing on ordnance included two books, Exterior Ballistics (1904) and The Elastic Strength of Guns (1906), which came to be regarded as standards in their fields. His work entitled Hydromechanics (1902) was used as a textbook at the Naval Academy and other institutions of higher learning. Alger also penned numerous articles on a wide range of technical subjects. Alger died at Annapolis, Md., on February 23 1912



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