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Manila Bay Medal recipients, USS Petrel

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[NOTE: The following history is from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The photo (NHC No. H44477) is from the center's Photographic Section.]

(Displacment 867 tons; 1. 188'; b. 31'; dr. 11'6"; s. 11.4 k.; cpl. 138;
a. 4 4", 2 3-pdrs.)

The third Petrel, a 4th-rate gunboat laid down 27 August 1887, was built by the Columbia Iron Works and Dry Dock Co., Baltimore, Md.; launched 13 October 1888, and eommussioned 10 December 1889, Lt. Comdr. W.H. Bronson in command.

Assigned to the North Atlantic Station, Petrel continued with it until September 1891, when ordered to the Asiatie Station where she was to serve until 1911. Steaming north in May 1894, she reported at Unalaska, T.A., in July to operate with the Bering Sea patrol to discourage seal poaching. In July, she operated off the Pribiliof Islands; and in August she returned to her Asiatic station.

Withdrawing from Hong Kong in April 1898, Petrel became part of Dewey's fleet in the campaign against Manila. On 1 May, after Dewey's squadron had defeated the heavy Spanish ships, Petrel entered the inner harbor and lowered a boat to destroy 6 Spanish ships there. Petrel then steamed to the navy yard at Cavite and forced its surrender. Sent into Cavite to destroy any Spanish ships seeking refuge there 2 May, Petrel sent a party ashore which seized the arsenal at Cavite and returned with 2 tugs, Rapido and Hercules, plus 3 additional launches.

Petrel continued operations in the Philippines throughout 1898 and 1899. She joined Boston in shelling Panay Island 11 February 1899; on the 22nd, a force of 48 men from Petrel occupied Cebu. In October, Petrel joined Callao in supporting the Marine Corps assault on Neveleta by bombarding ahead of the advancing Marine column.

Decommissioning at Cavite after the war, Petrel re-commissioned 9 May 1910. After visiting European waters in 1911, she returned to the Atlantic coast. Disturbanees in the Caribbean sent her to Mexican and West Indian waters from 1912 to 1915 to protect American interests, and in 1916 she became station ship at Guantanamo. With the declaration of war Petrel returned to the United States to serve with the American Patrol Detachment at Boston throughout the war.

After 30 years of service, Petrel decommissioned at New Orleans 15 July 1919 and was struck from the Naval Register 16 April 1920. She was subsequently sold to Snare and Treest, New York, 1 November 1920.

Officers Of The Petrel
Edward P. Wood, Commander
Edward M. Hughes, Lieutenant
Bradley A. Fiske, Lieutenant
Albert N. Wood, Lieutenant
Charles P. Plunkett, Lieutenant (J.G.)
George L. Fermier, Ensign
William S. Montgomery, Ensign
Carl D. Brownell, Passed Assistant Surgeon
George G. Seibels, Assistant Paymaster
Reynold T. Hall, Chief Engineer

 Crew Of The Petrel
Arnhold, Arthur, Chief Yeoman
Assmus, Paul, Seaman.
Ball, G.H., Bayman
Baston, Charles G., Coxswain
Beaumont, Charles, Fireman, Second Class
Bethgen, Emil, Coxswain
Black, Frank J., Chief Boatmaker's Mate
Blakenbeckler, Robert J., Landsman
Blakiston, Raymond J., Sailmaker's Mate
Bley, Edgar S., Coal Passer
Budrow, Leonard, Coxswain
Cantwell, Richard F., Chief Machinist
Carlssen, John L., Bugler
Cassey, Peter F., Ordinary Seaman
Chang, Hung Daw, Mess Attendant
Christie, David, Seaman
Cogswell, Frederick L., Apothecary
Conquest, Alfred B., Chief Yeoman
Cooley, Verdinal W., Apprentice, First Class
Coyle, Patrick, Seaman
Currie, Archie, Oiler
Donohue, Peter, Fireman, First Class
Donovan, George M., Machinist, First Class
Donovan, John H., Ordinary Seaman
Dueland, George, Boatswain's Mate, First Class
Duncan, Frederick F., Apprentice, Second Class
Eberlin, Louis A., Apprentice, Second Class
Eklundh, John E., Chief Quartermaster
Engman, John A, Ordinary Seaman
Enutroff, Darblub, Seaman
Ermerius, John F., Chief Yeoman
Fielder, William, Seaman
Fitzgerald, Daniel, Landsman
Foo, Ah, Wardroom Cook
Forest, Edwin C., Apprentice, Second Class
Gardes, Henry W., Yeoman, Second Class
Geary, James J., Seaman
Gun, Ah, Mess Attendant
Hannis, Edwin, Coxswain
Hansen, William, Seaman
Harmon, William E., Landsman
Harper, Henry A., Coal Passer
Harris, Duncan C., Gunner's Mate, Third Class
Hart, Charles, Quartermaster, First Class
Hee, Ah, Mess Attendant
Hinricks, Robert, Gunner's Mate, Second Class
Hobart, Harry, Apprentice, First Class
Hooser, William F., Coal Passer
Howard, John L., Yeoman, Third Class
Huitfeldt, Oscar, Seaman
Isakson, John F., Ordinary Seaman
Itrich, Franz A., Chief Carpenter's Mate
Kariger, Frederick, Seaman
Kramer, Hugo, Coppersmith
Kranel, William, Seaman
Kuhlback, Theodore, Chief Gunner's Mate
Kwack, Chie, Mess Attendant
Larsen, Olaf, Seaman
Logan, George, Seaman
Lutken, Harold I., Chief Machinist
Macaulay, Bernard V., Apprentice, Second Class

Martin, John S, Chief Machinist
Maybery, Willie L., Landsman
Mening, John, Coal Passer
Millane, Patrick, Coxswain
Miller, Hans P., Gunner's Mate, Third Class
Muffly, John D., Oiler
McAllister, Samuel, Ordinary Seaman
Nagase, Yasujiro, Landsman
Nagle, Edward F., Blacksmith
Olander, Herman K., Quartermaster, Third Class
O'Mara, Thomas J., Coal Passer
O'Toole, John, Coxswain
Otto, Konstantin, Landsman
Palmer, Humboldt J., Gunner's Mate, Second Class
Patterson, Alexander, Water Tender
Prelorsky, Dimitri, Boilermaker
Power, John, Firemar, First Class
Prodo, John, Gunner's Mate, First Class
Putsche, Bernard, Seaman
Raymond, George A., Apprentice, Second Class
Reed, Samuel, Fireman, Second Class
Reh, Otto E., Chief Master-At-Arms
Remahl, Alfred, Ordinary Seaman
Rust, Jesse B., Coal Passer
Schuel, George, Fireman, First Class
Sellman, John, Seaman
Sing, Ah, Wardroom Steward
Singman, Bert B., Apprentice, Second Class
Smith, Charles E., Plumber And Fitter .
Smith, Eugene P., Fireman, Second Class
Smith, William, Landsman
Sowerby, John A., Apprentice, Second Class
Sprong, Charles H., Seaman
Sterling, William J., Ordinary Seaman
Strom, August E., Boatswain's Mate, Second Class
Struwe, A.G.O., Quartermaster, Second Class
Sun, Ah, Painter
Tanaka, Guikichi, Cabin Steward
Torstensen, Helge, Boatswain's Mate, Second Class
Trennert, Robert F., Apprentice, Second Class
Valles, Christopher H., Gunner's Mate, Third Class
Warner, George C., Coal Passer
White, Thomas, Ship's Cook, First Class
Wiers, John A., Ordinary Seaman
Wilson, Frank, Seaman
Wise, Willis G., Coal Passer
Yee, Ah, Mess Attendant
Yonejiro, Hamano, Cabin Cook
Yung, Ah, Mess Attendant

Marine Guard Of The Petrel
Burton, Richard E., First Sergeant
Batson, Frank, Corporal
Kavanaugh, John K., Corporal
Ford, Louis M, Private
Higgins, Patrick, Private
Joyce. Michael, Private
Kramer, Frank, Private
Schneider, Fred, Private
West, William, Private

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6 April 2001