Hoboken Port of Embarkation

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Hoboken Port of Embarkation (1917-1920) - A U.S. Army World War I Port of Embarkation established in 1917 in Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey. Abandoned in 1920.

World War I

One of two primary U.S. Army Ports of Embarkation (Newport News Port of Embarkation and Hoboken Port of Embarkation) established in 1917 to process, men, equipment, supplies and animals for water transport to Europe for use during World War I. Some embarkation took place at ports from Halifax to Charleston and included every port in between.

Camp Merritt was initially designated as the Embarkation Camp for the Hoboken Port of Embarkation but it soon became clear that it could not handle the numbers of troops required and in the spring of 1918 Camp Mills and Camp Upton were added. As the embarkment rate reached 10,000 troops per day additional camps in the area were pressed into service. In a single day, 31 Aug 1918, the Port shipped out 46,214 troops.

World War I Hoboken Port of Embarkation
Port Embarkation Camps Port Personnel
  • Officers: 2,250
  • Enlisted: 20,616
  • Field Clerks: 487
  • Civilian Clerks: 6,626
  • Total: 29,979

At the end of the war in November 1918 the port became a debarkation and demobilization center until it was abandoned in 1920.

Hoboken Port of Embarkation Partial Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1917-04-01 1918-09-03 Major General Shanks, David C. 3053
1918-09-03 1918-11-26 Brigadier General Judson, William V. 3240 Influenza
1918-11-26 1918-12-05 Brigadier General McManus, George H. 3520
1918-12-05 1920-04 Major General Shanks, David C. 3053
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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

Location:Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey.

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Lat: 40.7518086 Long: -74.0236473

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  • Snell, King W., With the Army at Hoboken, January 1, 1919, McConnell printing Company, 150 pages
  • Annual Report of the Chief of the Transportation Service to the Secretary of War FY 1919 (Google eBook), Transportation Service, GPO, 1919


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