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USS Bolivar (APA-34)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Uniform - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Bayfield Class Transport:
Laid down, 13 March 1942, as SS Sea Angel, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 269) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
Launched, 7 September 1942
Assigned to the Navy as Transport (AP-79)
Redesignated Attack Transport (APA-34), 1 February 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 15 March 1943 and placed in reduced commission the same day for transit to her conversion yard at Hoboken, N.J., LCDR. Roger E. Perry in command
Decommissioned, 23 April 1943, at Hoboken, N.J. for conversion to an Attack Transport
Recommissioned, 1 September 1943, as USS Bolivar (APA-34), CAPT. Joseph A. Gainard in command
During WWII USS Bolivar was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Eighteen, COMO. J. G. Moyer USN (14);
TransDiv Fifty-Four (flagship), CAPT. J. R. Lannom USN (19) and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January 8 February 1943
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 22 June 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 22 to 29 July 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 6 March 1945
Leyte landings, 20 October and 18 November 1944
Following World War II USS Bolivar was assigned to China service from 28 December 1945 to 11 January 1946
Decommissioned, 29 April 1946, at New York Naval Shipyard
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
USS Bolivar earned five battle stars for her World War II service
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 September 1946
Title transferred to American President Lines, 23 October 1948, at Mobile, AL., renamed SS President Van Buren
Renamed SS President Harding in August 1967
Sold to Pacific Far East Lines Inc., 25 March 1968, renamed SSThailand Bear
Sold in November 1970 to Prudential-Grace Lines, renamed SS Santa Monica
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 March 1973 to Nan Feng Steel Enterprises Co. Ltd., Taiwan
Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 23' 3" (lim)
Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity, 4m700 DWT
non-refrigerated 200,000 Cu. ft.
four LCM (Mk-6)
three LCP(L) (MK-IV)
two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, one fore and one aft
two quad 1.1" gun mounts, aft port and starboard, replaced by two single 40mm AA gun mounts
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 8,510 Bbls
Diesel 750 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 465psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C.
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Bolivar (APA-34) underway circa September 1943 shortly after commissioning. She carries the standard rig of the
Western Pipe-built units: a pair of kingposts and a mast forward and a pair of kingposts and a mast aft. In USS Clay
(APA-39) the forward pair of kingposts was later converted into a goalpost as in the Ingalls-built units
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-51443 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Bolivar (APA-34) under way in the harbor at San Pedro, CA., date unknown.
| Merchant Service
Prudential-Grace Lines Inc.
||Post card image of ex-USS Bolivar (APA-34) as the Prudential-Grace Lines SS Santa Monica in the Port of Vancouver, B.C., date unknown.
Photo © Michael Cassar.
USS Bolivar (APA-34)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Perry, Roger Edison, USN (USNA 1924) (Ferry Command)||15 March 1943 - 23 April 1943|
| ||Decommissioned||23 April 1943 - 1 September 1943|
|02||CAPT. Gainard, Joseph Aloysius, USN||1 September 1943 - 12 November 1943|
|03||CAPT. Rogers, James Linn, USN (USNA 1911)||12 November 1943 - 28 November 1943|
|04||CDR. Wadell, Robert Paul, USN (USNA 1923)||28 November 1943 - 4 July 1944|
|05||CAPT. Field Sr., Wells Laflin, USN (USNA 1923) :RADM||4 July 1944 - 25 May 1945|
|06||CAPT. Smith, Francis Adams, USN (USNA 1917)||25 May 1945 - 29 April 1946|
|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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Navy Yard New York Bayfield Class APA Conversion Model
Last Updated 25 August 2017
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