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USS Holland (ARG-18)
ex
USS Holland (AS-3) (1926 - 1945)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet Clasp)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal


Holland Class Submarine Tender;
  • Laid down, 11 April 1921, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Launched, 12 April 1926
  • Commissioned USS Holland (AS-3), 1 June 1926, CDR. John B. Earle in command
  • During World War II USS Holland was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Philippine Islands operation, 8 December 1941 to 2 January 1942 Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 29 July to 10 August 1944

  • Reclassified Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship, (ARG-18), 30 August 1945
  • Following World War II USS Holland (ARG-18) was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    20 September 1945 to 7 June 194620 September 1945 to 7 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 21 March 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 June 1952
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 October 1953, to Bethlehem Steel Co.
  • USS Holland earned two battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt) 12,614t.(fl)
    Length 513' 1"
    Beam 61'
    Draft 24' 4" (lim)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement
    Officers - 74
    Enlisted - 724
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm Aa gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 8,790 Bbls
    Diesel - 9,120 Bbls
    Propulsion
    Puget Sound Navy Yard Parsons design steam turbine
    two Thorny boilers, 240psi sat.
    single Parsons Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 300Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 7,000shp

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    USS Holland (AS-3)
    Holland 176k
    Namesake

    John Philip Holland, the man who developed the first true submarine accepted by U.S. Navy (spending 57 of his 74 years working with submersibles), was born in Liscanor, County Clare, Ireland, on 29 February 1840. As a youth, he considered the use of the submarine to further the cause of Irish Independence. Holland came to the United States in 1873. In 1875 his first submarine designs were submitted for consideration by the U.S. Navy, but turned down as unworkable. Holland continued to improve his designs and worked on several experimental boats prior to his successful efforts with the privately built Holland launched in 1898. This was the first submarine having power to run submerged for any considerable distance. She was purchased by the Navy after rigorous tests, and six more of her type were ordered.
    US Navy photo # NH 2697, John Philip Holland (1841-1914)
    Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa the 1890s or the early 1900s.
    He was the inventor of the U.S. Navy's first successful submarine, USS Holland (Submarine Torpedo Boat # 1). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
    Bill Gonyo
    Holland 1440k USS Holland (AS-3) in Navy Yard Puget Sound Dry Dock #2, conducting submarine lifting weight test of 190 long tons (suspended). 27 July 1926.
    Navy Yard Puget Sound photo # P152.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Holland 1059k USS Holland (AS-3) in flooded Dry Dock #2 at Navy Yard Puget Sound conducting submarine lifting weight test of 190 long tons (submerged). 29 July 1926.
    Navy Yard Puget Sound photo # P8924.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Holland
    NH 41858
    73k USS Holland (AS-3) hoisting USS S-4 (SS-109) by the bow so repairs can be made, during the 1920s. Note the heavy lifting gear deployed from Holland's "clipper" bow.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 41858 and NH 41862 by PHC Peck.
    Robert Hurst
    Holland
    NH 41862
    125k
    Holland 99k USS Holland (AS-3) in Balboa harbor, Panama Canal Zone, 7 May 1927, with seven "S"-type submarines alongside. Submarines in the center group are (from outboard):
    USS S-46 (SS-157).
    USS S-47 (SS-158);
    USS S-44 (SS-155); and
    an unidentified boat. Outboard submarine in the group astern is USS S-45 (SS-156).
    Panoramic photograph, taken for the National Photo Service, San Antonio, Texas. Note that firm's logo in the right-center.
    US Navy photo # NH 96623 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of Captain Gordon Peterson, USN.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Holland 83k USS Holland (AS-3) and USS Bonita (V-2) (SS 165), date and location unknown. Note USS Bonita is rendering passing honors to USS Holland.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Holland 144k USS Holland (AS-3) underway in harbor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Scott Koen
    Holland 102k USS Holland (AS-3) moored at San Diego, CA., circa 1930. Submarines alongside, apparently holding inspection, are (from inboard):
    USS V-3 (SF-6), later Bonita (SS-165);
    USS V-2 (SF-5)
    , later Bass (SS-164);
    USS S-45 (SS-156);
    USS S-43 (SS-154);
    USS S-44 (SS-155)
    ; and
    USS S-42 (SS-153);
    US Navy photo # NH 53437, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Langley" 71k USS Holland (AS-3) anchored in San Diego Bay, with USS Wright (AV-1) and USS Langley (CV-1) moored pierside at NAS North Island in the background, circa 1931-32.
    Photo by Teddy Krueger, USS Holland.
    Rick Larson, MMCM(SS) Ret.
    Holland 146k USS Holland (AS-3) at anchor off San Diego with submarines alongside, circa 1935.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82789.
    Robert Hurst
    Holland 143k USS Holland (AS-3) at anchor of San Diego with the submarines USS Barracuda (SS-163) and USS Dolphin (SS-1690 alongside, during the 1930s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 65018.
    Robert Hurst
    Holland 111k USS Holland (AS-3) tending subs in Alaskan waters, date unknown Courtesy Randy Guttery
    Tendertales web site
    Holland 86k USS Holland (AS-3) and submarines at a dock in Juneau, AK. in July, 1934. Submarines alongside include from left to right;
    USS Bass (SS-164),
    USS Bonita (SS-165),
    USS Barracuda (SS-163),
    USS Nautilus (SS-168) and
    USS Narwhal (SS-167). The mill of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company is in the background. Photo by Winter & Pond from the collections of the Alaska State Library.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Holland 98k USS Holland (AS-3) with seven submarines alongside, circa 1936-1939. From left to right:
    USS Nautilus (SS-168);
    USS Narwhal (SS-167);
    USS Shark (SS-174), marked "P3";
    USS Dolphin (SS-169), marked "D1";
    USS Porpoise (SS-172), marked "P1";
    USS Pike (SS-173), marked "P2"
    and USS Tarpon (SS-175), marked "P4".
    US Navy photo #NH 3039 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Holland 59k Panoramic photograph of USS Holland (AS-3) moored at Buoy 19, San Diego, CA, 1940, with eleven submarines alongside. Submarines are (from left to right):
    USS Salmon (SS-182);
    USS Seal (SS-183);
    USS Stingray (SS-186);
    USS Perch (SS-176);
    USS Pollack (SS-180);
    USS Cachalot (SS-170);
    USS Cuttlefish (SS-171);
    USS Skipjack (SS-184);
    USS Sturgeon (SS-187);
    USS Snapper (SS-185)
    and
    USS Sargo (SS-188).
    SS-182 through SS-187 were members of Submarine Division 15, commanded by R.W. Christie. USS Richmond (CL 9), flagship of the Commander Submarine Force, Pacific, is in the right distance.
    US Navy photo # NH 68481US Naval Historical Center photo, courtesy of US Naval Institute, James C Fahey Collection.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Holland 142k USS Holland (AS-3) coming alongside Merry Point at Pearl Harbor in late 1941.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, 19-N-25944 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Mike Green
    Holland 99k USS Holland (AS-3) tending 6 submarines at San Diego, date unknown
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-42598, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US National Archives
    Holland 35k USS Holland (AS-3) underway, 22 April 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Holland 57k USS Holland (AS-3) (stern view) underway in San Francisco Bay, 22 May 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 3755-43, 5/22/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Holland 56k USS Holland (AS-3) (broadside view) off Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco Bay, 22 May 1943. Note the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge in the background.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 3757-43, 5/22/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Holland 54k USS Holland (AS-3) (bows on view) underway in San Francisco Bay, 22 May 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 3759-43, 5/22/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Holland 65k USS Holland (AS-3) underway in San Francisco Bay as she passes under the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, 22 May 1943. (San Francisco is to the left of the photo.)
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 375X-43, 5/22/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Holland 122k USS Holland (AS-3) (amidships plan view) moored at Hunters Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, CA., 22 May 1943.
    Hunters Point Navy Yard photo # 3821-43, 5/22/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Holland 105k USS Holland (AS-3) (forward plan view) moored at Hunters Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, CA., 22 May 1943. Circled areas indicated changes accomplished during her overhaul.
    Hunters Point Navy Yard photo # 3822-43, 5/22/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Holland 141k USS Holland (AS-3) moored in Apra Harbor, Guam, in June 1945 as flagship of Commander Submarine Force Pacific. Her mainmast was raised to support the additional radio antennas needed for flagship duty.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Stillwater collection.
    Mike Green
    Holland 145k USS Holland (AS-3) afloat in large sectional drydock USS ABSD-6 at Apra Harbor, Guam, in August 1945 having Mount 52 removed as part of her conversion by ship's company to an internal combustion engine repair ship (ARG-18). Mount 53, aft, was also removed using the dock's crane.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Stillwater collection.
    Mike Green
    USS Holland (ARG-18)
    Holland 143k USS Holland (ARG-18) soon after her arrival at Shanghai on 5 November 1945 as flagship of Commander Service Squadron 10. This photo was published in the 8 November 1945 issue of the Shanghai-based China Daily, which noted that although the ship's official designation was that of repair ship she was now serving as the Service Squadron's administrative headquarters.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Stillwater collection.
    Mike Green
    Holland 323k USS Holland (ARG-18) moored on the Whangoo River, Shanghai, China, 2 February 1946. Mark Cunningham for his father B.J. Cunningham Jr. Y/1c USNR USS Ocelot, USS Holland

    USS Holland (AS-3 / ARG-18)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Earle, John Bayliss1 June 1926 - 23 July 1928AS-3
    02CAPT. Weaver, David Allen23 July 1928 - ?AS-3
    03CAPT. Draemel, Milo Frederick, :RADM1 June 1931 - 1933AS-3
    04CAPT. Stevens, Lemuel Mussetter1933 - 1934AS-3
    05CAPT. Rankin, John Wilkes1934AS-3
    06CAPT. Benson, Howard Hartwell James, :COMOJune 1936 - 1938AS-3
    07CDR. Coleman, William Bryan1938 - 1 June 1938AS-3
    08CAPT. Quigley, William Middleton1 June 1938 - June 1940AS-3
    09CDR. Laird, Oberlin Carter3 July 1940 - 1 October 1940AS-3
    10CAPT. Doyle, Walter Edward1 October 1940 - 9 July 1941AS-3
    11CAPT. Gregory Joseph Wesley9 July 1941 - 5 April 1942AS-3
    12CAPT. Pendelton, Pearley Earl ;RADM5 April 1942 - 1 October 1943AS-3
    13CDR. Boldizar, George T.1 October 1943 - 31 December 1943AS-3
    14CDR. Thew, Joseph Philip USN31 December 1943 - 31 April 1944AS-3
    15CDR. Wright Jr., Carroll Quinn USNR21 April 1944 - 15 December 1944AS-3
    16CDR. Flenniken, James Alexander USNR (XO in Chg)15 December 1944 - 15 March 1945AS-3
    17CDR. Wright Jr., Carroll Quinn USNR 15 March 1945 - 13 October 1945AS-3 / ARG-18
    18CDR. Hager, James Walker, CDR USN13 October 1945 - 2 November 1946ARG-18
    19LCDR. Tagtmeyer, Laurence Ernest USN2 November 1946 - 21 March 1947ARG-18
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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