Newport News Port of Embarkation

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Newport News Port of Embarkation (1917-1919) - A U.S. Army World War I Port of Embarkation established in 1917 in Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia. Abandoned in 1919. Also known as Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation.

World War I

One of two primary U.S. Army Ports of Embarkation established in 1917 to process, men, equipment, supplies and animals for water transport to Europe for use during World War I.

Newport News Port of Embarkation Activities
Newport News Sites Norfolk Sites
  1. Debarkation Hospital No. 52 (near Richmond, Va.)
  2. Camp Alexander (1) (stevedore and labor battalions)
  3. Camp Morrison (aviation camp)
  4. Animal Embarkation Depot No. 301
  5. Camp Hill (1)
  6. Motor Truck Corps
  7. Quartermaster General supply depot (brewery units)
  8. Camp Stuart (4)
  9. Embarkation hospital
  10. Port administration headquarters
  11. Debarkation Hospital No. 51 (near Hampton, Va.)
  12. Miscellaneous activities
  1. Army supply base (near Tanner's Point)
  2. Norfolk Engineers' depot (near Lambert's Point)
  3. General Ordnance supply depot (Pig Point)
  4. Miscellaneous activities

At the end of the war in November 1918 the port became a debarkation and demobilization center until it was abandoned in 1919.


Newport News Port of Embarkation Partial Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1917-07-06 1918-11-12 Major General Hutcheson, Grote 3045
1918-11-12 1919-05-26 Brigadier General Ferguson, Harley B. 3748
1919-05-26 1919-09-15 Major General Cronkhite, Adelbert 2941
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The Cullum Number is the graduation order from the United States Military Academy by year and class rank and links to a page for the officer on the website version of the Cullum Register. Listings without a Cullum Number indicate that the person was not a graduate of the United States Military Academy.

Current Status

Several markers for individual camps in Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia. A victory Arch built in 1919 remains (rebuilt in 1962). Troops returning from the war marched under this arch.


Location:Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia. Map point is the Victory Arch location.

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Lat: 36.976917 Long: -76.432389

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