Absaroka was built in 1917 for the United States Shipping Board by Skinner & Eddy Co., Seattle, Wash.; taken over by the Navy on a bare boat basis on 17 September 1918; and commissioned that same day, Lt. Comdr. O. W. Hughes in command.
Absaroka was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service following her commissioning. Between October 1918 and February 1919, the ship made two transatlantic voyages carrying Army cargo to ports in France, England, and the Netherlands. During her second trip, Absaroka rescued the captain and crew of the disabled British steamer War Marvel and landed them safely at Falmouth, England.
The ship arrived in New York City on 12 February 1919 and was immediately drydocked for overhaul. Absaroka was decommissioned on 4 March 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board. Absaroka is also a mountain range in the state of Wyoming.
- Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships