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USS Bosque (APA-135)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 7 August 1944) as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 51) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington CA.
  • Launched, 28 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 17 December 1944, at Wilmington, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Bosque (APA-135), 19 December 1944, CAPT. Henry C. Johnson USN in command
  • During World War II USS Bosque was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
    TransDiv Sixty-Three, CAPT. F. M. O'Leary USN (20) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 30 April 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 4 September 1945
    25 September to 11 October 1945
    13 to 19 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 15 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 22 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • USS Bosque earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 19 May to 5 July 1955, to T. J. Stevenson & Co. Inc. (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., New York City, N.Y.(PD-X-956 dated 5 March 1973) for $111,560.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 14 May 1973, delivered to to River Development Corp., Kearny, N.J.
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    86 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    one single 5"/38 dual-purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    one Joshua-Hendy geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465 psi 750°
    double Joshua-Hendy Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500 shp

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    Bosque 62k USS Bosque (APA-135) at anchor in Tokyo Bay for the formal surrender of Japan, 2 September 1945 Lt. Bob Kiess (MC) USNR, USS Bosque Medical Officer 1944-45
    Bosque 38k USS Bosque (APA-135) encounters a Pacific Storm, 1945 Lt. Bob Kiess (MC) USNR, USS Bosque Medical Officer 1944-45

    USS Bosque (APA-135)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Johnson, Henry Charles, USN (USNA 1923) :RADM19 December 1944 - 10 January 1946
    02CAPT. Fullinwider, Ranson, USN (USNA 1926) :RADM10 January 1946 - 15 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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