WW1 Photos

World War One

 Department of the Navy photos unless otherwise noted.
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Convoy duty in the North Atlantic.

Destroyers provide smoke screen for convoy.

Balloon towed by destroyer in convoy.

USS Kimberley (DD-80). The alpha-numeric ship marking system was not used during WW1.  The ship type and number in long format were in use until 1920.  The shorthand notation is used here for simplicity.

USS Caldwell (DD-69). Four stack destroyer in WW1 colors.  British censors prohibited distribution of photographs of ships color schemes during the War.

Four inch gun of USS Fanning (DD-37) covers captured German submarine U-58 (17 Nov 1917).

USS Fanning (DD-37) stern view with anti-submarine depth charges, "ash-cans". USS Sigourney (DD-81) on right.

USS Wadsworth (DD-60) was flagship of the first destroyer division to deploy to Europe in May 1917.  Pictured here in May 1918.

Working party lounges on truck at NAS Pensacola c1917.

110 ft sub-chaser underway

Sub-chaser SC-57

Sub-chaser SC-43, Ford-Eagle class, with balloon, built by Ford Motor Company.

L class submarine nest in Ireland.

L class submarine, USS L-9, in Ireland.  Prominent conning tower markings were to prevent too frequent friendly fire.

Submarine sailor sends semaphore signals.

Mine laying force eight abreast running full speed with each ship dropping a mine every 15 seconds for up to four hours.  Thousand of mines were deployed to stop German U- boat threat.  After the war the mine force had to sweep up the incredible mine fields they laid.

Destroyer gun crew covers mine laying operations.

Mine Squadron One flagship, USS San Francisco, Cruiser No. 5, which became CM-2 in 1920.

Troop transports USS George Washington, USS America and USS Dekalb in line, May 1918.  Transports depended on speed and the convoy escorts for safety, still a number were lost to German U-boats.

USS Leviathan en-route to France, September 1918 with troops topside for fresh air and relief from the confined below deck spaces.

USS Cyclops, a 542' collier,  disappeared in March 1918 with no trace. There were 299 officers, crew and passengers onboard.

USS Florida (BB-30). Battleships are primarily used in convoy duty but made appearances with the British Grand Fleet.

Field day on the USS Florida (BB-30)

Interesting high gun position on the USS Florida (BB-30)

USS Nevada (BB-36).  The lack of ship-on-ship gun battles somewhat took the luster off the dreadnaught reputation.

USS Wyoming (BB-32)

USS Wyoming (BB-32) white uniformed sailors at formation and engineers with glee making maximum smoke.

USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Marine formation.

Sea bag inspection on deck on USS Oklahoma (BB-37)

British Sopwith "Camel" hoisted on board the USS Oklahoma (BB-37).  See the USS Texas photo for launching technology.

USS Texas (BB-35) served from 1914 until 1948, Veracruz through WW2.

British Sopwith "Camel" hoisted on top of USS Texas (BB-35) gun turret number 2 and launched on rails mounted on the 14 inch guns.  Lcdr Edward O. McDonnell made the first flight in 1919.

USS San Diego (AC-6), an armored cruiser, struck a mine off Fire Island, NY and was lost (July 1918). 

USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) in the East River, New York.

Fourteen inch forward turrets on USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)

Dirty business of coal resupply on unknown ship.

BMC Schirm, USN, greets His Royal Majesty King George.

Yeoman (F) inspected by Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Captain Taussig.

USS Sappho c1918

Naval Shipyard Philadelphia

Naval Air Station San Diego wide angle view of aircraft on ramp (1918).

Our door chow hall at Newport RI recruit training center.

Naval Training Center Great Lakes MI with recruit tents.

Naval Railway Battery 1, France 1918.  One of five 14 inch rail mounted guns manned by US Navy in WW1.  Under the command of a Rear Admiral, They were built to counter the large caliber rail mounted German siege guns.
Dirigible, NAS Pensacola
(1 Dec 1917).

Curtiss H-16 training flight Pensacola. 

Curtiss HS-1 trainer at Pensacola 

Curtiss HS-1 plant, Buffalo NY

Curtiss H-16 with Davis recoilless rifle mounted forward for anti-submarine use. Typically, a machine gun is used to sight the target prior to firing the large caliber recoilless rifle.

Curtiss H-16 Lewis guns.

Curtiss HS-1 at NAS L'Aber Vrach, France (Oct 1918).

Curtiss HS-1 on ramp at NAS L'Aber Vrach, France.

NAS Brest, France, Commanding Officer, Lcdr William M. Correy, USN (Jun 1917).

Naval Aeronautical Expedition personnel in France (Jun 1917). Many of these enlisted maintainers went on to receive pilot training and became enlisted Naval Aviation Pilots (NAPs).

Marine Corps Recruit Training, Paris Island.

First Marine Aeronautical Company, photographed at Naval Base Azores (Nov 1918).

5th Marines embarked for France.

5th Marines moving to forward training area in France.  Because of the rapid built up and deployment many troops were green and under trained.  Some were deployed within five weeks of joining. 

6th Marine Headquarters at Sommedieue, France (Apr 1918).

6th Marines respond to gas attack in Verdun area.

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa was sunk on convoy duty with loss of all hands (26 Sep 1918).