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ACR-7 USS Pueblo

During WWI

A Pictorial History


Images of Life on the USS Pueblo during World War One from one of the Pueblo’s Buglers, William Reed Browning.

William Reed Browning was one of the three Buglers aboard the Pueblo during World War One. He served aboard from 1917 until 1919. Browning kept a photo journal of what life aboard the cruiser was like during WWI. His grandson, Tom Browning has this photo album today. In the album William Browning made notes next to each photo giving us today a glimpse of what the crew of the old Pueblo experienced during the War Years. Below are his photos and the captions he wrote of each photo.
William Reed Browning, taken while still in Boot Camp at Portsmouth, NH, September of 1917.
William Reed Browning after he was discharged in 1919.
“USS Pueblo My Home. The ship without an anchor.”
“A view of the Pueblo anchored in a river.”
“The Front Porch. Forecastle.”
“The back Porch. Quarter Deck.”
“The Forecastle of the Pueblo”
A view taken from the lookout platform in the cage style foremast. A nice view of her forward 8-inch main gun. The seas were calm.
A view taken from under the bridge wing on the port side looking forward. Taking heavy seas over the bow.
Another view from the foremast while she is at anchor.
“From the Roof Garden.”
“Four Black Babies.”

“Old ‘Rock & Rye’ our forward 8-inch Guns.”

“Our 24-piece Band at Noon Concert. This was one of our best amusements on the ship.” Photo was taken on the Starboard side behind motor launch No. 3.
“Scrubbing bags or changing Wardrobe.”
“A Destroyer guarded by old ‘Rock & Rye”

A view of one of the Pueblo’s paravane mine sweepers.

The paravane is a form of towed underwater "glider". It was developed by Lt. Dennis Burney, a Royal Naval officer and was financed by Sir George White, founder of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. During WWI the U.S. Navy use the Burney designed paravane, which was commonly known as the “Burney Otter.” Initially developed to destroy naval mines, the paravane would be strung out and streamed alongside the towing ship, normally from the bow. The wings of the paravane would tend to force the body away from the towing ship, placing a lateral tension on the towing wire. If the tow cable snagged the cable anchoring a mine then the anchoring cable would be cut, allowing the mine to float to the surface where it could be destroyed by gunfire. If the anchor cable would not part, the mine and the paravane would be brought together and the mine would explode harmlessly against the paravane. The cable could then be retrieved and a replacement paravane fitted.

Coaling the Pueblo from a coal barge. All hands, even the officers were required to help. It was back breaking work and ever sailor in the navy who served on a coal fire ship referred to them as “Black Diamonds”

Starboard side view of the Pueblo standing in a river during the war.

Pollywogs undergoing the ancient rites of King Neptune’s realm.

A Royal Victom on Neptune Day.

More fun on Neptune Day

With the Bears on Neptune Day

King Neptune and her Highness Amphitrite.

King Neptune’s Court

Officers of the Pueblo. This photo was marked with a pen as 1) Commander Dutton, The Best Man in the Navy. 2) Captain Upham, our Skipper, another good Scout. 3) Captain Valley Gang now skipper of the USS New York we brought him from South America.

A view of Fort Villegagen with Sugarloaf in the background. Sugarloaf Mountain is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Fort Santa Cruz at the entrance to Rio de Janeiro.

A view from shore of the Pueblo as she is at anchor in the harbor in Rio.

Commander Benjamin Dutton, Executive Officer of the Pueblo. “One of the Whitest men in the Navy.” Captain Van D. Jouett, a nice pleasant fellow but A MARINE! Ensign Higgins “Spike” an ex-pug also very hard to get along with.
Bugler William Reed Browning on watch 1 day out of 5. Browning, "at ease... most of the time.” Browning "At work... The hardest I ever did."

The Fighting First of the 2B Division. Hard Guys.

Some of my Shipmates, all good fellows. The Marine in the back row, second from the right, facing the camera is identified as Corporal Earl Law Snyder, USMC of the Pueblo's Marine Detachment.

Dave Faulcomer the fellow who took care of the eats. Faulcomer and Fife at 96th Street dock in New York.
Harry “Red” Fife, the fellow who sold the smokes. Faulcomer and Hiller

Some of the 4th Division Gang. “Denny” Sowers and Charlie Kellog.

“Mike” Muschock and “Snake” Bounds.
The Gang’s “Goil” “Chicken” Three French War Brides, Riverside Park, New York.
Denton and Porter, two of our ship’s cooks. Reginald Olds “Reggie” A darn good scout.
A Thorn Between Two Roses, Sgt. Burke, a soldier friend. Fred Browning, a dandy good fellow.
Roy Myself and Roy George Monson
Roy Again Indian Joe, I had many good times in New York with him. He had 32 Scalps! A tug boat of troops about to come aboard the Pueblo at Brest, France

The soldiers on the Fo’c’sle at Abandon Ship Drill.

Rigging out the mine-sweepers as soldiers watch.

Pueblo riding a very heavy sea.

USS Oklahoma First line battleship at Brest, France

USS George Washington. The President’s Ship at Brest, France

USS Oklahoma in Full Dress.

Pueblo’s Chaplain James M. Hester. (Southern Baptist) He was in charge of the Paris Party.

Are we happy? Yes! Our gang in Paris.

Some French Girls... just kids...

Bennet and Armstrong in Paris.

The YMCA truck that took us to the battle front.

A YMCA hut in the devastated regions.

All that is left of a busy street corner in Soissons, France.

Some more of the hellish work of the Hun.

German Prisoners now helping to rebuild Northern France.

Bugler William Reed Browning.

Three Buglers of the USS Pueblo 1918. Browning is the man in the center.


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