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USS Tollberg (APD-103)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Delta - Tango
NTDT
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS Tollberg (APD-103) was transferred to Colombia, renamed ARC Almirante Padilla (DT-03)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 30 December 1943, as Tollberg (DE-593), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc, Hingham MA.
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
  • Launched, 12 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS Tollberg (APD-103), 31 January 1945, LCDR. Edward F. Butler, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Tollberg was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred Five CAPT. J. M. Kennaday USN, and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 4 to 30 June 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    24 to 26 September 19454 to 8 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 20 December 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, at Green Cove Springs
  • Towed in 1959 from Mayport, FL. to Sabine Pass, TX. for lay up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register in November 1964
  • Transferred, under the Military Assistance Program to Columbia, 14 August 1965, renamed ARC Almirante Padilla (DT-03)
  • Final Disposition, struck by the Columbian Navy in 1973 and broken up for scrap
  • USS Tollberg earned one battle star for World War II service
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,630 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37"
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Complement
    12 Officers
    192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats four LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Storage
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    Armament
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Propulsion
    two Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers, 435 PSI 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive) Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000

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    Tollberg 33k USS Tollberg (APD-103) moored to a buoy with another unidentified APD in December 1945, location unknown. Thomas Wareham
    Tollberg 512k USS Tollberg (APD-103) Communications Center, CIC and Troop berthing. Tim Rizzuto, Ship's Superintendent, USS Slater (DE-766).
    Tollberg 573k
    Tollberg 520k
    Tollberg 545k
    Tollberg 337k
    Tollberg 268k
    Tollberg 293k USS Tollberg (APD-103) open bridge and antennas Tim Rizzuto, Ship's Superintendent, USS Slater (DE-766).
    Tollberg 579k
    Tollberg 450k USS Tollberg (APD-103) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tim Rizzuto, Ship's Superintendent, USS Slater (DE-766).
    Tollberg 74k USS Tollberg (APD-103) laid up in reserve, date and location unknown. Note the ships three 40mm AA gun mounts been cocooned in airtight casings. The bridge has also been covered over, and all 20mm AA guns have been removed, together with the landing craft.
    US Navy photo from "American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2", by Peter Elliot.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Tollberg (APD-103)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Butler, Edward Franklyhn, USNR31 January 1945 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Beadles, Charles Edwin, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LCDR. Beardall Jr., John ReginaldMarch 1946 - 20 December 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
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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