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USS Bollinger (APA-234)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Sierra - Victor
NPSV
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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

Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid, 7 October 1944, down as Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 680) at Kaiser Company Inc. Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 19 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission under loan-charter, 8 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Bollinger (APA-234), 9 December 1944, at Astoria, OR., CDR. Carter A. Printup USN (25) in command
  • During World War II USS Bollinger was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO. A. S Witherspoon:
    TransDiv Sixty-Eight; and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 6 to 16 March 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    25 to 26 September 194629 October 1946 to 5 January 1947
    22 to 27 October 1945 
    18 to 25 April 1946 
    23 September to 26 October 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1947, at San Francisco CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 2 April 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-234), 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1947
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by MARAD, 19 February 1982, C. W, Enterprise & Investment Co. (for Exchange scrapping in S. Korea or Taiwan) (Trade-in program), delivered, 23 April 1982
  • USS Bollinger earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 19 kts.
    Complement
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    86 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    Cargo Capacity, 2,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu. ft.
    Boats
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual-purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Bollinger 42k USS Bollinger (APA-234) at Iwo Jima, circa 6-16 March 1945. Andrew Hinshaw
    Bollinger 37k Photo taken from USS Bollinger (APA-234) at Iwo Jima, circa 6-16 March 1945. Andrew Hinshaw
    Bollinger 82k Photo taken from Bollinger (APA-234) while refueling USS William C. Miller (DE-259). Captain, Printup is in the middle of the photo and Andrew Hinshaw is to his left. The ship in the distance is unidentified Andrew Hinshaw
    Bollinger 126k USS Bollinger (APA-234) at sea during boxing match between embarked Marines and Navy crew, date unknown. Andrew Hinshaw
    Bollinger 54k USS Bollinger (APA-234) crew relaxing on VJ-Day. Andrew Hinshaw
    Bollinger 45k USS Bollinger (APA-234) crew relaxing on VJ-Day. Andrew Hinshaw

    USS Bollinger (APA-234)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Printup, Carter Alston USN (25)9 December 1944 - 30 November 1945
    02CAPT. Richter, William Julius30 November 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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