Contributed by Harrison
Description: Fort Miles Executive Officer Retires 1943Date: September 14 1943
Newspaper published in: WILMINGTON
Page/Column: Sussex County News
Fort Miles, September 14 1943
Lieut. Colonel Alva E. Garey, Executive Officer at fort Miles, Lewes, was honored at
a parade of the Coast Artillery after serving 26 years in the military.
Colonel Garey entered the Army on 15 August, 1917, as a 2nd Lt., in the Quartermaster
Corp., and served seven months in France during WWI. After the war he became a captain in the
Reserve Officers corps. He was promoted to major in 1920 and in 1923 received the rank of
In 1924 he was assigned to the Ordnance in the Wisconsin National Guard, and in 1940 was
inducted in federal service as an ordnance officer to the 32nd Division at Camp Beauregard,
Louisiana. In 1942 he was reassigned to Wisconsin National Guard and that same year he
was reordered to active duty at Fort Miles as the executive officer.