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USS Newport News (AK-3)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)

Newport News Class Cargo Ship:
  • Built in 1904 by Flensburg Shipbuilding Co., Flensburg, Germany
  • Taken over as SS Odenwald by the US Navy, 14 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Newport News, 14 July 1917, LCDR. John Allison in command
  • Designated (AK-3), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 1 August 1924, at Navy Yard, Puget Sound, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1924
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 April 1925, to John F. Blaine, Berkeley, CA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 10,000 t.
    Length 371' 5"
    Beam 45' 5"
    Draft 23' 6"
    Speed 13 kts.
    Complement 150
    Armament four single 3" gun mounts
    Propulsion system unknown

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    SS Odenwald
    Newport News 91k SS Odenwald at San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March 1915. She is being watched by the USLHT Myrtle, whose bow is to the right.
    US Library of Congress. Photo No. LC-B2-3456-12.
    Mike Green
    USS Newport News (AK-3)
    Newport News 66k USS Newport News at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in June 1918.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-10398 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Newport News 80k USS Newport News moored pierside, circa 1917-1918, location unknown.
    US National Archives, RG-19-E. Photo No. Unknown a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Newport News 45k USS Newport News in San Francisco Bay, California, circa 1919. The ship served in the Pacific from August 1919 until she was decommissioned in August 1924.
    US Navy photo # NH 84673 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command, courtesy Donald M. McPherson, 1976.
    Mike Green and Robert Hurst
    Undaunted 36k USS Newport News (AK-3) with USS Undaunted (AT-58) alongside. Probably in San Francisco Bay, circa the early 1920s. Photograph was received from the Office of Naval Intelligence, 1936.
    US Navy photo # NH 45128, from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Newport News 55k USS Newport News (AK-3) waiting off Wake Island, 24 September 1922, prior to putting ashore a large cache of fresh water and provisions for use in the event of a ship wreck there. This mission occurred during a period in which few ships passed Wake Island.
    US Navy photo # NH 67755, received from the US Naval Library, Treasure Island Naval Station, CA., 1969, from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Newport News 1154k Photos of USS Newport News (AK-3)'s ice machine installation at Mare Island Navy Yard, circa 1919-20. Newport News was at Mare Island at least twice each year between 1919 and 1924. Darryl Baker
    Newport News 983k

    USS Newport News (AK-3)
    DANFS history entry located the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Allison, John 14 July 1917 - ?
    02LCDR. Tod, Elmer Wayne1923 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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