El Oriente served both the U. S. Army and the Navy.
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|SS El Oriente|
|96k||Underway in harbor, prior to World War I.
U.S. Navy photo NH 70455
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|USS El Orients (ID 4504)|
|102k||In a U.S. East Coast port at the end of a voyage bringing troops home from France, circa mid-1919.
Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 103918
Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation service, El Oriente made four transatlantic voyages from New York and Norfolk to French ports between 13 August 1918 and 5 April 1919 to deliver cargo and animals for the Army. She was then reassigned to Cruiser and Transport Force and, after alterations for troops, sailed from New York 11 June for Bordeaux She returned to Norfolk 4 July with 45 officers and 2,060 men of the 6th Cavalry on board, and after a similar voyage during July and August 1919 was decommissioned at Philadelphia 15 September 1919, and transferred to the Army for return to her owners the same day.
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