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USS Tollberg (APD-103)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Delta - Tango
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 (APD-101)
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
  • USS Tollberg earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred, under the Military Assistance Program to Colombia, 14 August 1965, renamed ARC Almirante Padilla (APD-101)
  • Final Disposition, struck by the Colombian Navy in 1973 and broken up for scrap
    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.
    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
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    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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    USS Tollberg (APD-103)
    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 134k USS Tollberg (APD-103) laid up at either Green Cove Springs Florida or Sabine Pass Texas, 1 September 1959. 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 National Archives, Photo No. USN 1044056, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Mike Green
    ARC Almirante Padilla (APD-101)
    Tollberg 146k ARC Almirante Padilla (APD 101), ex-USS Tollberg (APD-103) under way in 1965, location unknown.
    Official Colombian Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1966-67".
    Robert Hurst
    Tollberg 99k ARC Almirante Padilla (APD 101) under way in 1969, location unknown.
    Official Colombian Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Tollberg 74k ARC Almirante Padilla (APD 101) under way in 1971, location unknown.
    Official Colombian Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Tollberg (APD-103)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Butler, Edward Franklyhn, USNR31 January 1945 - 17 December 1945
    02LTjg. Beadles, Charles Edwin, USNR17 December 1945 - 11 February 1946
    03LCDR. Beardall Jr., John Reginald11 February 1946 - 20 December 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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