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USS Callaway (APA-35)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Victor - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom. left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 8 January 1945)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards

Silver Star (S1/c Rollin A. Fritch, USCGR) - Purple Hearts (initially reported as 29 KIA-killed in action, 22 WIA-wounded in action, 8 January 1945 (2 WIA's later died, changing final numbers to 31-KIA and 20-WIA)

USS Callaway (APA-35) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 10 June 1942, as SS Sea Mink, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 270) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 10 October 1942
  • Assigned to the Navy as Naval Transport, (AP-80)
  • Redesigned Attack Transport (APA-35)
  • Acquired by the Navy and placed in reduced commission, 24 April 1943, LCDR Hans B. Olsen, USNR, (APA Ferry Crew #2), in command
  • Decommissioned, 28 May 1943, at her conversion yard
  • Commissioned USS Callaway (APA-35), 11 September 1943, CAPT. Donald C. McNeil, USCG, in command
  • During WWII USS Callaway was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eleven (flagship), COMO. D. W. Loomis USN (18)
    TransDiv Thirty-Three, CAPT. S. M. Haight USN (18) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 22 October 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 8 January 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operations
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - Angaur, 17 September 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February 1945

  • Following World War II USS Callaway was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 September to 1 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 10 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • USS Callaway earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 September 1946, at the Hudson River National Defense Reserve Fleet for disposal
  • Merchant Service
    Transferred without cost to American President Lines, 23 October 1948, at Mobile, AL., renamed SS President Harrison
    Renamed SS President Fillmore in March 1966
    Sold to Waterman Steamship Co., 19 July 1968, renamed SS Hurricane
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 March 1974, to Dah Yung Steel Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 23' 3" (lim)
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    41 Officers
    537 Enlisted
    Flag Accommodation
    43 Officers
    108 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodation
    91 Officers
    1,574 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity, 4,700 DWT
    non-refrigerated 200,000 Cu. ft.
    12 LCVP
    4 LCM (Mk-6)
    3 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
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Callaway (APA-35)
    Callaway 29k USS Callaway (APA-35) at anchor, date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 32/16D. Russ Padden and
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Callaway 117k
    Callaway 154k USS Callaway (APA-35) at anchor, date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 32/16D. Brian Miller
    Callaway 105k USS Callaway (APA-35) off the New York Navy Yard, 18 September 1943. Callawayis loading supplies from a civilian barge. Also alongside is the tug handling the barge and two Coast Guard motor boats.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-51448, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    1069k A Japanese dive bomber attacks USS Callaway (APA-35), 8 January 1945, off the coast of Luzon. The ship suffered a direct bomb hit immediately forward of the stack. Nearly 50 of the Coast Guard crew were casualties. Callaway continued on to unload troops on the Luzon beachhead, patched her wounds, and soon was made ready for new action against the Japanese. Luzon was the Callaway's sixth amphibious invasion operation.
    US National Archives identifier 205585681, Local Identifier 26-G-4105, US Coast Guard Photo # 26-G-4105.
    David Upton
    371k Farewell to shipmate killed when a Japanese bomb stuck USS Callaway (APA-35) during an air attack off Luzon, 8 January 1945. A Coast Guardsman rests in the folds of the American flag, awaiting burial at sea. A shipmate kneels and bows his head in grief. Others stand in silence. There is no greater loss than that of a comrade-in-arms. Callaway went on to participate in the invasion of Luzon.
    US National Archives identifier 205585699, Local Identifier 26-G-3925, US Coast Guard Photo # 26-G-3925.
    David Upton
    465k The bodies of USS Callaway (APA-35) sailors who lost their files in the Japanese bomb attack, 8 January 1945, are shrouded in canvas as they await burial at aea. They were killed when Callaway was hit in her superstructure during a Japanese bomber attack off Luzon on 8 January 1945.
    US National Archives identifier 205585696, Local Identifier 26-G-3920, US Coast Guard Photo # 26-G-3920.
    David Upton
    Merchant Service
    USA Waterman SS. Corp.

    Callaway 111k Ex-Callaway (APA-35) in merchant service as the Waterman Steamship Corp. vessel SS Hurricane working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in March 1972. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Callaway 74k SS Hurricane working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in March 1972. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Callaway 57k SS Hurricane working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in March 1972. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Callaway (APA-35)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LCDR, Olsen, Hans Bernard, USNR1 May 1943 - 28 May 1943 (APA Ferry Crew #2)
     Decommissioned28 May 1943 - 11 September 1943
    01CAPT. McNeil, Donald Carrol, USCG11 September 1943 - 16 June 1945
    02CDR. Betzmer, Henry James, USCG16 June 1945 - 10 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    FRITCH, ROLLIN ARNOLD Citation: "The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Rollin Arnold Fritch (00534391), Seaman First Class, U.S. Coast Guard (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a member of gun crew serving on board the U.S.S. CALLAWAY (APA-35) in action against the Japanese in Pacific waters on 8 January 1945. Manning his station aggressively when the vessel was attacked by a Japanese suicide plane, Seaman First Class Fritch unhesitatingly relinquished all chance of escape as the plane plunged toward the target and remaining steadfastly at his gun, continued to direct his fire with unrelenting fury upon the enemy until carried away with his weapon by the terrific impact. With indomitable fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty in the valiant defense of his ship Seaman First Class Fritch gallantly gave his life for his country.? Authority: U.S. Coast Guard Book of Valor and Supplements Home of Record: Pawnee City, Nebraska