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|Campaign and Dates||Campaign and Dates|
Supporting air actions, 27 October 1943 to 1 May 1944
|Western New Guinea operations
22 June to 16 July 1944
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|11 to 12 April 1946||6 January to 8 April 1946|
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|USS Wright (AZ-1)
Digital ID: ppmsc 06102 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
|104k||USS Wright (AZ-1) probably shown arriving on 31 October 1920 under tow at her conversion shipyard in
Hoboken, N.J., from her builder's yard at Hog Island, Pa. She grounded in attempting to enter her slip (possibly shown here) and was
floated and tied up temporarily to other vessels. She is a standard Hog Island Type B transport (EFC Design 1024) with many items in the
after part of the ship, including both goalpost masts, not installed. Photographed by Todd Shipyards Corp., owner of the Hoboken yard.
US National Archives RG-19-LCM. 80-G-1017222 or 19-N-7909 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|185k||USS Wright (AZ-1) in drydock in January 1922 at New York Navy Yard after conversion to a
heavier-than-air aircraft tender. The sides of the kite balloon well are clearly visible below the balloon platform, which covers the entire
after portion of the ship. The 100-foot long well is covered with pieces of canvas. The ship's armament, which included two 5"/51 guns on the
stern under the balloon platform, has not yet been mounted.
US National Archives, RG-19-N box 1, Photo # 19-N-7882 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|184k||USS Wright (AZ-1) in drydock in January 1922 at New York Navy Yard after conversion to a
heavier-than-air aircraft tender. The superstructure was modified and the forward well filled in to allow the ship to tend seaplanes as well
as kite balloons. Note the Williamsburg Bridge is in the background.
US National Archives, RG-19-N box 1, Photo # 19-N-7883 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|54k||USS Wright (AZ-1), port broadside view, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Submitted by Elaine C. Witty, Charpentier, photo from the collection of Gerald M. Charpentier|
|54k||USS Wright (AZ-1) with USS Sandpiper (AM-51)
alongside at the time of Fleet Problem I in the Panama area circa February 1923. The photo was probably taken from one of Wright's F5L seaplanes and shows another F5L
anchored in the distance. Wright no longer operated kite balloons but was still classified AZ-1 and retained her balloon platform and well aft.
Sandpiper was one of three minesweepers assigned in 1919 to duty supporting aviation; she and eight sisters were reclassified to small seaplane
tenders (AVP-1 class, q.v.) in 1936.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 100449, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|USS Wright (AV-1)
|30k||USS Wright (AV-1) underway, date and location unknown|
|30k||USS Wright (AV-1) underway, date and location unknown|
|56k||USS Wright (AV-1) bow and stern photos of USS Wright (AV-1) moored, date and location unknown.||Tommy Trampp|
|204k||USS Wright (AV-1) arriving at Boston, 22 December 1927, with pontoons to assist in raising USS S-4 (SS-109)||Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection|
|255k||LCDR Charles Graham McCord, USN, USS Wright (AV-1), February 12, 1928. LCDR McCord was first an engineer and then Air Exec.||Art Kaufmann for his grandfather LCDR Charles Graham McCord.|
|62k||USS Wright (AV-1), starboard aerial view
US National Archives photo # 80-G-463531, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
|71k||USS Holland (AS-3) anchored in San Diego Bay, with USS Wright (AV-1) and USS Langley (CV-1) moored pierside at NAS North Island in the background, circa 1931-32.
Photo by Teddy Krueger, USS Holland.
|Rick Larson, MMCM(SS) Ret.|
|209k||USS Wright (AV-1) transiting the Panama Canal circa 1930s. Note the two seaplanes on deck on the stern.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # None, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|55k||USS Wright (AV-1) anchored at Sitka, AK., circa 26 July to 5 August 1936.||Photo by Albert Weigandt F1/c USS Wright 1936-38
Courtesy James Card QMC USN
|58k||USS Wright (AV-1) tending a seaplane at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 5 February to 23 February 1937.||Photo by Albert Weigandt F1/c USS Wright 1936-38
Courtesy James Card QMC USN
|67k||USS Wright (AV-1) at anchor, circa 1936 to 1938.||James D. Card QMC for his Grandfather Albert Weigandt F1/c USS Wright 1936-38|
|33k||USS Wright (AV-1) and USS Ranger (CV-4) moored at NAS North Island in San Diego bay, circa 1936-38.||Photo by Albert Weigandt F1/c USS Wright 1936-38
Courtesy James Card QMC USN.
|36k||USS Wright (AV-1), at anchor, overhead view, date and location unknown.||Bill Koonts AT2 VP56 1953-56|
|75k||USS Wright (AV-1) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
|60k||USS Wright (AV-1) at anchor, date and location unknown.
Photo by Albert Weigandt F1/c USS Wright 1936-38
|Courtesy James Card QMC USN.|
|14k||USS Wright (AV-1) at anchor, date and location unknown.||Russ Padden|
|37k||USS Wright (AV-1) underway, circa 1937, location unknown.||Robert Hurst|
|574k||USS Wright (AV-1) at anchor, 15 April 1939 in Narragansett Bay.
Photo Caption reads;
"WAITS WAR GAMES
THE AIRCRAFT TENDER U.S.S. WRIGHT AT ANCHOR APRIL 15 IN NARRAGANSETT BAY OFF THE RHODE ISLAND COAST WHERE PLANES OF THE ARMY AND SHIPS AND PLANES OF THE NAVY AND THE COAST GUARD WILL COOPERATE NEXT WEEK.TO "DEFEND" THE INDUSTRIAL EAST FROM A THEORETICAL ATTACK."
ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO
4-15-39 11:30PES LKM JO.
|From the Michael Strout collection of AP photos, courtesy Jonathan Eno|
|128k||USS Wright (AV-1) at anchor, probably at Pearl Harbor in early 1942. She has received two additional 3"/50 antiaircraft guns
(for a total of four) forward plus some 20mm guns.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-28172, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4348-43, 6/13/43
|91k||USS Wright (AV-1) at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA., while conducting inclining experiments, 13 June 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4348-43, 6/13/43 (aft plan view)
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4346-43, 6/13/43 (amidships plan view)
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5000-43, 6/13/43 (aft plan view)
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5001-43, 6/13/43 (amidships plan view)
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4346-43, 6/13/43
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5000-43, 6/13/43
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5001-43, 6/13/43
||88k||USS Wright (AV-1) off Alameda, Calif., 13 July 1943, after receiving more wartime alterations. These included the addition
of two 1.1" quad mounts, one fore and one aft, and a lattice radar mast.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-48392 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com and Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5117-43, 6/13/43
|Robert Hurst and Darryl Baker|
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5117-43, 6/13/43
|USS Wright (AG-79)
|319k||USS Wright (AG-79) crew photo, date unknown. Photo is believed to have been taken prior to name change to San Clemente (AG-79).||Ray Meiser contributed this photo. His father, Gaelen George Meiser, was a crew member in Wright at the time of the name change|
|USS San Clemente (AG-79)
|50k||USS San Clemente (AG-79) moored to a buoy at Shanghai, China, March 1946.||Warren Walker, EM3/c USS San Clemente|
|111k||USS San Clemente (AG-79) at San Francisco in May 1946 during a brief stop there enroute the East
Coast for inactivation. She has acquired a new deckhouse, probably for use by the embarked staff, on the former seaplane maintenance area aft.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, photo # NH 77382, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|01||CAPT. Johnson, Alfred Wilkinson :VADM||16 December 1921 - 1922|
|02||CDR. Leahy, Lamar Richard :RADM||3 May 1923 - ?|
|03||CAPT. Babcock, John Vincent||10 June 1925 - ?|
|04||CAPT. Horne, Frederick Joseph :ADM||3 January 1927 - 6 June 1927|
|05||CAPT. King, Ernest Joseph :FADM||28 June 1927 - 1 June 1928|
|06||CAPT. McWhorter, Ernest Doyle||1 June 1928 - 8 June 1929|
|07||CAPT. Zogbaun Jr., Rufus Fairchild||8 June 1929 - 24 May 1930|
|08||CAPT. Fitch, Aubrey Wray (Jake) :ADM||24 May 1930 - July 1931|
|09||CAPT. Bellinger, Patrick Nieson Lynch :VADM||7 July 1931 - 26 June 1932|
|10||CAPT. White Jr., Newton Harris||26 June 1932 - ?|
|11||CAPT. Read, Albert Cushing||7 June 1934 - ?|
|12||CDR. Gunther, Ernest Ludoph :RADM||May 1936 - May 1937|
|13||CAPT. Mitscher, Marc Andrew (Pete), :ADM||29 May 1937 - ?|
|14||CDR. Shoemaker, James Marshall :VADM||19 March 1939 - 1 July 1939|
|15||CAPT. Harrill, William Keene (Keen) :VADM||1 July 1939 - 28 June 1940|
|16||CDR. Durgin, Calvin Thornton :VADM||28 June 1940 - 2 July 1941|
|17||CDR. Wieber, Carlos Wilhelm, USN (USNA 1918 :RADM||2 July 1941 - 21 April 1942|
|18||CDR. Greer, Marshall Raymond||21 April 1942 - 4 September 1942|
|19||LCDR. Frisco, Leonard||4 September 1942 - 22 September 1942|
|20||CDR. Smith, Frank Carlin||22 September 1942 - 9 March 1943|
|21||CDR. Sutton, Frank Carlin||9 March 1943 - 28 December 1943|
|22||CDR. Baker, James Ellis||28 December 1943 - 16 October 1944|
|23||CAPT. Powers, Frederick Dodge||16 October 1944 - 1945|
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