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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - GAME BIRD

Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island NY May 20 1944.
Launched November 1 1944 and commissioned March 3 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade August 1962.
Decommissioned November 6 1970.
Stricken February 1 1974.
Fate To Taiwan May 6 1974 and cannibalized for spare parts.

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Bole 21kJohn Archibald Bole, Jr., was born in Elmhurst, N.Y., 28 March 1906 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1928. After serving in Tennessee, he underwent submarine training. Bole subsequently served in a succession of submarines, taking command of S-21 in June 1940. Appointed Lieutenant Commander 2 January 1942, he became the commanding officer of Amberjack (SS-219) upon her commissioning in July 1942. After two offensive patrols in the Solomons, the submarine departed Brisbane 26 January 1943 to prowl the shipping lanes around Rabaul. She sank a freighter 4 February and was last heard from 10 days later. Japanese records indicate Amberjack was probably sunk in an attack 16 February 1943. Lt. Comdr. Bole was awarded the Navy Cross for his outstanding performance as her commander.Bill Gonyo
Bole 98kArtist's conception of the Bole as she appeared after FRAM II overhaul by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Bole 58kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Bole 66kUndated, location unknown. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration photo # 19-N-76835.Robert Hurst
Bole 120kUndated, off Pt. Loma.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bole 96kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bole 94kBow on view of USS John A. Bole (DD 755) departing Mare Island on 7 April 1947.Darryl Baker
Bole 87kBroadside view of USS John A. Bole (DD 755) off Mare Island on 7 April 1947. She was in overhaul at the yard from 25 June 1946 to 7 April 1947.Darryl Baker
Bole 88kStern view of USS John A. Bole (DD 755) off Mare Island on 7 April 1947.Darryl Baker
Bole 247kFrom the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum. Darryl thinks this is an early 1950s photo based on the mast and antenna arrangement. Korean War?Darryl Baker
Bole 90kUSS Dixie (AD 14) at Sasebo, Japan with USS John A. Bole (DD 755); USS Buck (DD 761); USS John W. Thomason (DD 760); and USS Lofberg (DD 759) moored to port, circa 1953.Wayne Schafer
Bole 99kSan Diego, circa 1950's.Marc Piché
Bole 196kJuly 16 1960, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Bole 111kNestled alongside the U.S.S. Kearsarge (CVS-33) at San Diego, are three modern destroyer escorts and three destroyers of the COMCRUDESPAC force. The carrier and her group of 'greyhound' make up a Navy Hunter-Killer Group now operating in the Pacific. Included are the (outboard in) USS Bridget (DE-1024), USS Evans (DE-1023), USS Hooper (DE-1026) all of CORTRON THREE; USS Lofberg (DD-759), USS Taussig (DD-746) and the USS John A. Bole (DD-755), all of DESDIV 72." Official U.S. Navy photograph dated 4 March 1961.Hoyt "Bud" Colburn collection, via Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of "Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific
Bole 211kUSS Klondike (AR-22) In Subic Bay, Philippines, on 1 November 1963. The destroyers alongside, all "FRAM II" types of Destroyer Squadron 15, are: (from inboard to outboard): USS Taussig (DD-746); USS John A. Bole (DD-755); USS Lofberg (DD-759); and USS John W. Thomason (DD-760). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Bole 92kSan Diego circa 1968-1969.John Simmons
Bole 45kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bole 78kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bole 94kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bole 100kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Edward Baxter Billingsley    Mar 3 1945 - Apr 1947 (Later RADM)
LCDR Douglas F.Chamberlain    Apr 1947 - Jul 1947
CDR Jacob Thompson Bullen Jr.    Jul 1947 - Sep 1949
CDR Marion Hugo Buaas    Sep 1949 - Sep 16 1951
CDR Harold Graham Leahy    Sep 16 1951 - Sep 26 1953
CDR Daniel Sidney Appleton    Sep 26 1953 - Sep 12 1955 (Later RADM)
CDR James Warren Botten    Sep 12 1955 - May 18 1957
CDR Roger F. Smith    May 18 1957 - Feb 12 1959
CDR Alvin T. Stubel    Feb 12 1959 - Jul 14 1960
CDR Robert Hamilton Rossel    Jul 14 1960 - Aug 4 1962
CDR Thomas Charles Young    Aug 4 1962 - Oct 10 1964
CDR Joe Hamilton    Oct 10 1964 - Feb 22 1966
CDR James Dale Butler    Feb 22 1966 - Oct 21 1967
CDR Frank Charles Collins Jr.    Oct 21 1967 - Oct 8 1969
CDR Clarence Leonard McDaniel    Oct 8 1969 - Sep 10 1970
LCDR Alvin Nicholas Catalano II    Sep 10 1970 - Nov 6 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ray Hancock
Address: 1202 Bevabeck Drive, Marion, Illinois 62959
Phone: (618)993-5579

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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