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USS Bottineau (LPA-235)
USS Bottineau (APA-235) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Sierra - Yankee
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 or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 11 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 681) at Kaiser Company Inc. Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 22 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Bottineau (APA-235), 30 December 1944, at Astoria, OR., CAPT. Harold B. Edgar in command
  • During World War II USS Bottineau was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
    TransDiv Sixty-Five, flagship, CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 to 15 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS Bottineau was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 18 to 20 November 1945 and 4 to 11 January 1946
  • USS Bottineau (APA-235) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.3.1 Transportation Group (Transportation Division (TRANSDIV 31) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 8 March 1947, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group
  • Recommissioned, 24 March 1951, at San Francisco, Naval Shipyard, CAPT. O. B. Cushing in command
  • USS Bottineau was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 1 July to 16 October 1953 and 19 to 22 May 1954
  • Decommissioned, 31 August 1955, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 6 November 1960 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Resister, 1 July 1961
  • USS Bottineau earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-235), 1 January 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 August 1983, to Sociedad Anonima Desbar S.A. Spain. Removed, 17 August 1983
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl), 12,450 t. (lim)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial speed).
    officers 56
    enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    officers 86
    enlisted 1,475
    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 465psi 750°
    double Joshua-Hendy Main reduction gears
    Ship's Service Generators three 300Kw 120/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Bottineau 102k USS Bottineau (APA-235) underway possibly in San Francisco Bay after recommissioning, 24 March 1951. ©Allied Photographers, San Francisco, CA. Clifford D Dayton BM2 1st Div.
    Feb 1951 to Dec 1955 USS Bottineau
    Bottineau 311k USS Bottineau (APA-235) at anchor possibly in San Francisco Bay, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Steve Franklin for W.B. Wendt USS Bottineau
    Bottineau 456k Decommissioned USS Bottineau (APA-235) moored pierside with the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Scott Nelson for his grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    99k USS Bottineau (APA-235) moored pierside at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA., circa 1951.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # USN 434604
    John Spivey

    USS Bottineau (APA-235 / LPA-235)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Edgar, Harold Brown, USN (USNA 1924)30 December 1944 - 21 May 1946
    02CDR. Barr, William Albert, USNR21 May 1946 - 21 February 1947
    03CDR. Hughes, Jack Joffre, USN21 February 1947 - 8 March 1947
     Decommissioned8 March 1947 - 24 March 1951
    04CAPT. Cushing, Dana Buckley, USN (USNA 1930)24 March 1951 - ?
    05CAPT. Fiala, Reid Puryear, USN (USNA 1931) :RADMJune 1953 - May 1954
    06CAPT. Shellabarger, Martin Adam, USN (USNA 1933)May 1954 - July 1955
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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