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USS Tolland (AKA-64)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Hotel - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Iwo Jima, Okinawa)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1385), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 26 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Tolland (AKA-64), 4 September 1944, CDR. Edward Joseph Kingsland, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS Tolland was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Sixteen, COMO J.R. McGovern USN;
    TransDiv Forty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 15 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Toland was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    25 September to 14 October 19452 to 20 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 2 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • USS Tolland earned two battle stars for her World War II service
    Merchant Service
    Purchased by Luckenbach Steamship Co, 3 October 1947, renamed SS Edgar F. Luckenbach
    Resold in October 1959 to States Marine Line, renamed SS Blue Grass State
    Resold in 6 November 1970, reflagged Panamanian, renamed SS Reliance Cordiality
    Final Disposition, scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, June 1971

    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl), 14,160 (lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 48
    Enlisted 320
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    fourteen LCVPs
    eight LCMs
    Cargo Capacity 5,275 DWT
    non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,425 Bbls
    Diesel 805 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three Ship's Service Generators 300Kw, 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Tolland (AKA-64)
    Tolland 63k USS Tolland (AKA-64) passing under the Cooper River Bridge at Charleston, S.C., 7 September 1944.
    US Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo # 2500-44
    Robert Hurst
    Tolland 153k USS Tolland (AKA-64) underway, date and location unknown
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service Luckenbach SS Co. States Marine Lines
    Tolland 246k Ex-Tolland (AKA-64) in merchant service as SS Edgar F. Luckenbach in Luckenbach colors with States Marine Lines logo painted on her stack. circa late 1950s, location unknown. Photo ©Duncan. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Tolland 63k SS Blue Grass State moored pierside, Bremerhaven, Germany, 4 January 1968. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Tolland 42k Ex- Tolland (AKA-64) in merchant service as the SS Reliance Cordiality underway, location unknown, circa 1970-71. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II web site

    USS Tolland (AKA-64)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Kingsland, Edward J. USNR4 September 1944 - ?

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Tolland (AKA-64) War Diaries and Action Reports September 1944 to 30 November 1945
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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