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USS Bushnell (AS-15)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Bravo - Golf
NUBG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)


Fulton Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, 23 December 1941, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Launched, 14 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS Bushnell (AS-15), 10 April 1943, CDR. C. T. Bonney in command
  • During World War II USS Bushnell was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1948, at Mare Island Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 21 February 1953
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1970, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Status changed in July 1975 to in service out of commission
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration in August 1975 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1980
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 1 June 1983
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,734 t.(lt) 18,000 t. (fl)
    Length 530' 6"
    Beam 73' 4"
    Draft 23' 6"
    Speed 15.4 kts.
    Complement
    Officers - 47
    Enlisted - 397
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament (as built)
    four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity - Diesel 26,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    General Motors 16-248 Diesel electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 500Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
    twin propellers, 11,200shp
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    Bushnell 95k USS Bushnell (AS-15) ready for launching at Mare Island Navy Yard, 14 September 1942..
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo
    Darryl L. Baker
    Bushnell 166k

    USS Bushnell (AS-15) bow view prior to launching at Mare Island Navy Yard, 14 September 1942.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 194637, 9/14/42.

    Darryl L. Baker
    Bushnell 126k USS Bushnell (AS-15) christening, Mrs. Luther E. Gibson (Sponsor) for the christening at left and Mrs. W. L. Friedell (Matron of Honor) prior to the launching at Mare Island on 14 September 1942
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 5565-42, 9/14/42.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Bushnell 99k Bushnell (AS-15) christening, Mrs. Luther E. Gibson (Sponsor) christens USS Bushnell at Mare Island, 14 September 1942. Left to right Mrs. Luther E. Gibson (Sponsor), Capt F. G. Crisp, RADM W. L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant), and unidentified aide.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 5553-42, 9/14/42.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Bushnell 185k USS Bushnell (AS-15) at the end of the launching ways after launching at Mare Island Navy Yard, 14 September 1942.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo 9/14/42.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Bushnell 1089k USS Bushnell (AS-15) immediately after her launching at Mare Island Navy Yard, 14 September 1942. Tugs assisting include YMT-2 near and an unidentified tug at Bushnell's starboard quarter aft.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 194640, 9/14/42.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Bushnell 83k USS Bushnell (AS-15) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 20 May 1943.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Bushnell 82k USS Bushnell (AS-15) underway off the coast of northern California, 11 June 1943. US Navy photo from an airship belonging to Lighter-than-Air Patrol Squadron (ZP-31) from NAS Santa Ana. David Buell
    Bushnell 364k USS Bushnell (AS-15) at anchor off Naval Station San Diego with fleet-type boats alongside, 11 February 1946.
    US Navy photo.
     
    Bushnell 71k USS Bushnell (AS-15) at anchor with three fleet-type boats moored alongside, date and location unknown.
    Photo from "United States Submarine Operations In World War 11", by Theodore Roscoe
    Robert Hurst and John Hart
    Bushnell 92k USS Bushnell (AS-15) underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 11 August 1947.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 1527-47, 8/11/47.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Bushnell 27k USS Bushnell (AS-15) decommissioning ceremony at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 30 April 1948.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Bushnell 228k VIPs at decommissioning of USS Bushnell (AS-15) at Mare Island, 30 April 1948. Left to right: Capt. L. C. Follmer, Commander Submarine Admin Mare Island; Capt. Ray, Commander San Francisco Group Pacific Reserve Fleet; Mrs. H. C. Fish; CDR R. H. O’Kane; Capt. H. C. Fish, Commander Mare Island Group Pacific Reserve Fleet; Mrs. Luther E. Gibson (Ship’s Sponsor); LCDR J. D. Reagan; CDR Rogers; CDR R. A. Waugh; Mrs. J. D. Reagan; CDR J. L. P McCallum, Jr.; Capt. W. P. Dowd, Commander Mare Island Naval Shipyard; RADM F. J. Lowry, Commander Mare Island Vallejo Area, San Francisco Naval Base. Darryl Baker
    Bushnell 104k USS Bushnell (AS-15) at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunters Point) in 1952.
    US Navy photo
    Donald Oke SN (X Div)
    USS Bushnell March 1960 to January 1964
    Bushnell 99k USS Bushnell (AS-15) moored pierside at Naval Station Key West, FL., 18 February 1955 Larry Bohn
    Bushnell 123k USS Bushnell (AS-15) with submarines alongside, moored pierside at Naval Station Key West, FL., circa 1950s. William "Chip" Lamb
    Bushnell 97k USS Bushnell (AS-15) with submarines alongside, moored pierside, probably, at Naval Station Key West, FL., circa 1950s. Photo printed on post card stock. Yucel M. Umar GMC Turkish Navy (Ret)
    Bushnell 36k USS Bushnell (AS-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Bushnell 78k USS Bushnell (AS-15) pierside at the south quay, Naval Station Key West, FL., after completing a three week assignment at Norfolk, VA., 7 March 1961. Donald Oke SN (X Div)
    USS Bushnell March 1960 to January 1964
    Bushnell 61k USS Bushnell (AS-15) departing Key West, FL., bound for Kingston, Jamaica, 17 May 1961. Donald Oke SN (X Div)
    USS Bushnell March 1960 to January 1964
    Bushnell 138k USS Bushnell (AS-15) moored, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1961.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Bushnell 101k USS Bushnell (AS-15), as part of Subron 12, off Key West, FL. in 1963.
    US Navy photo
    Donald Oke SN (X Div)
    USS Bushnell March 1960 to January 1964
    Bushnell 70k USS Bushnell (AS-15) at Kingston, Jamaica in February 1963.
    US Navy photo
    Donald Oke SN (X Div)
    USS Bushnell March 1960 to January 1964
    Bushnell 93k USS Bushnell (AS-15) at Naval Station Key West, FL, 24 October 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Gilmore 114k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at anchor, 1968, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1969.
    Joe Radigan MACM, USN Ret.
    Gilmore 75k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at anchor off Pilottown, LA , providing aid and supplies to victims of Hurricane Camile, circa August 1969.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1970.
    Joe Radigan MACM, USN Ret.


    For more photos and information about USS Bushnell, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Bushnell AS 15
  • US Naval Station Key West Florida
  • Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation

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