The USS Punishment was a United States Navy river monitor that was in service during the Great War, primarily acting as off-shore fire support for the U.S. Army. It patrolled the rivers that marked the border between the United States and the Confederate States from 1915 to 1916.
Like the vessel type's namesake, the Punishment was described as a "cheesebox on a raft". Her ironclad hull was low and wide, and she shipped twin funnels. But, unlike her famous ancestor, she carried two 6-inch cruiser guns in a heavily armored turret, had an armored crow's nest for observation and navigation, and mounted several machine guns on deck. These machine gun positions would later be fitted with armored shields to protect crew members while in action.
The Punishment did engage in one ship-to-ship battle with a Confederate monitor on the Mississippi River, along the shores of Tennessee. Despite taking shell-fire, the Punishment sank the Confederate warship.
In 1916, the Punishment dropped anchor in the Cumberland River, near Clarksville, Tennessee for R&R. The first who went ashore were crewmen George Enos, Stanley, Albert, and Grover. Not long afterward, a Confederate shell attack destroyed the Punishment, sinking it and killing the entire crew. The four sailors who went ashore were unscathed and the monitor's only survivors.