Kentuckian served both the U. S. Army and Navy
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|281k||Kentuckian, under tow, is shown in Culebra Cut transiting the Panama Canal
Library of Congress photo LC-D4-73302 by the Detroit Publishing Company
|77k||In port, circa 1917-1918
Courtesy of Don S. Montgomery, USN (Retired)
U.S. Navy photo NH 99512
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|106k||Navy Armed Guard gun crew poses by the ship's 5"/51 gun, circa 1917-1918. Note inscription on the gun's sight bar: "for SS Kentuckian"
Courtesy of Don S. Montgomery, USN, (Retired)
Naval Historical Center photo NH 99513
|107k||In port, possibly when she was inspected by the Third Naval District in the New York City area, circa late 1918.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 99501
|USS Kentuckian (ID 1544)
|101k||Returning to the United States with troops from France, 1919
Courtesy of the Caraway Company, Rutherford, NJ, 1936
U.S. Navy photo NH 52043
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|116k||Arriving in U.S. waters, while transporting troops home from Europe in 1919. The original image is printed on a post card sent by a serviceman to his mother, Mrs. Martha M. Johns of Sheridan, Indiana. It is postmarked Norfolk, Virginia, 6 September 1919
Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006
Naval Historical Center photo NH 104119
|123k||Arriving in U.S. waters, while transporting troops home from Europe in 1919.
Photographed by Enrique Muller, Jr., New York.
Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 104153
|USS Kentuckian Crew Photo(s)
|296k||Panoramic photo (split into sections) of Officers and crew of the Kentuckian. The man with the " / " on his white hat in the fifth photo is believed to be William Pete Skov, born 26 February 1900 in Texas
Photo by Hughes and Estabrook, 251 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY
|01||LCDR Carrol E. Higgins, NAR||23 January 1919|
|02||LCDR Harold E. Higgins, USNRF||1919|
Kentuckian was assigned to transport duty as thousands of American World War I veterans were awaiting return to the United States. She cleared New York on her first cruise 2 March 1919 picked up nearly 2,000 troops at St. Nazaire, France, and returned New York 1 April. The transport made a total of five cruises from New York to France, unloading general cargo at France and returning with troops. Kentuckian arrived Norfolk 31 August from her final cruise, decommissioned 15 September 1919, and returned to her owners the same day.
During World War II, Kentuckian operated with a naval armed guard on convoy runs between the East Coast and the Mediterranean. She won a battle star for her service in convoy HX-233 during April 1943. She was subsequently scuttled as a blockship, at the Normandy beachhead.
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