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USS Bowditch (AGS-4)
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USS Bowditch (AG-30) (1940 - 1943)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Foxtrot - Juliet
NCFJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


  • Laid down as the passenger ship MV Santa Inez in 1929 by Burmeister and Wain, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 4 March 1940
  • Converted for Naval Service at Norfolk, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Commissioned as Miscellaneous Auxiliary USS Bowditch (AG-30), 12 March 1940, CDR. Elmer E. DuVall Jr. in command
  • Redesigned Survey Ship, (AGS-4), 11 December 1943
  • During World War II USS Bowditch was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operations
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 4 February 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 March to 30 June1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 21 July to 10 August 1944
     

  • Following World War II USS Bowditch (AGS-4) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 3 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 31 January 1947, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 9 June 1948, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 19 August 1959, to Boston Medals Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • USS Bowditch received three battle stars for her World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,680 t. (lim.).
    Length 386'
    Beam 53'
    Draft 20' (lim.)
    Speed 12 kts.
    Largest boom capacity 25 t.
    Complement
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 384
    Armament
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 5,700 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Burmeister & Wain Diesel engines
    four Diesel-drive Ships Service Generators 230kW 240V D.C.
    two shafts 3,500shp

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    Commercial Service
    Bowditch 61k MV Santa Inez underway circa 1940.
    Photo courtesy "©James Fighting Ships 1943-1944"
    Robert Hurst
    USS Bowditch (AG-30)
    Bowditch 99k USS Bowditch (AGS-4) underway, 6 December 1941, after a refit at the Norfolk Navy Yard.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-26242, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Bowditch 101k USS Bowditch (AGS-4) underway, 28 December 1942, near the Norfolk Navy Yard.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-40517, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Bowditch (AGS-4)
    Bowditch 44k USS Bowditch (AGS-4) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Bowditch 32k USS Bowditch (AGS-4) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Bowditch 112k USS Bowditch (AGS-4) at anchor, date and location unknown. Contributed by the family of George L. Anderson CO Bowditch, to NOAA
    Bowditch 176k Forward plan view of USS Bowditch (AGS-4) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 18 January 1946, undergoing inclining experiment.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 201-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Bowditch 139k Amidship looking aft plan view of USS Bowditch (AGS-4) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 29 January 1946.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 327-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Bowditch 158k Forward plan view of USS Bowditch (AGS-4) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 29 January 1946.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 328-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Bowditch 69k Stern view of USS Bowditch (AGS-4) departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 29 January 1946.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 523-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Bowditch 91k Broadside view of USS Bowditch (AGS-4) departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 29 January 1946.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 525-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Bowditch 78k Bow on view of USS Bowditch (AGS-4) getting underway with the assistance of a tug while departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 29 January 1946.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 527-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Bowditch 112k USS Bowditch (AGS-4) underway, 6 February 1946, near the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-94945, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Bowditch (AG-30 / AGS-4)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. DuVall Jr., Elmer Ellsworth ;RADM1 July 1940 - 1942
    02CAPT. Seyfried, Joseph Henry1942 - 1943
    04CDR. Schiario, Clifford Bragg9 August 1944 - April 1945
    04CDR. Behner, Herbert Chauncey :RADM22 April 1944 - October 1945
    06CAPT. Anderson, George L.October 1945 - 31 January 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Bowditch (AGS-4) 1944 Cruise Book
    Navy Survey Ships (AGS) Designator Listing

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