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Bollinger (APA-234)


A county in southeastern Missouri.

(APA-234; dp. 14,837 (tl.); l. 455'0"; b. 62'0"; dr. 24'0" (lim.); s. 17.7 k. (tl.); cpl. 536; trp. 1,563; a. 1 5", 12 40mm., 10 20mm.; cl. Haskell; T. VC2-S-AP5)

Bollinger (APA-234) was laid down on 7 October 1944 at Vancouver, Wash., by the Kaiser Shiphuilding Corp, under a Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 680); launched on 19 November 1944; sponsored by Mrs. T. M. Meade; delivered to the Navy on 8 December 1944; and placed in commission at Astoria, Oreg,, on 9 December 1944, Comdr. Carter A. Printup in command.

After outfitting, Bollinger moved to Seattle, Wash., on 20 December. On Christmas Day 1944, the attack transport departed Seattle and shaped a course, via San Francisco, Calif., for San Pedro, Calif. Between 31 December 1944 and 13 January 1945, she conducted shakedown training out of San Pedro. On the latter date, the ship headed south to San Diego, Calif , and two weeks of amphibious training. The attack transport completed that training on 29 January and began two weeks of yard availability at the Destroyer Base, San Diego.

Bollinger departed San Diego on 13 February with replacements for the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing embarked. She made a brief stop at Pearl Harbor on her way to Majuro Atoll where she arrived on 27 February. The shlp's passengers disembarked that day; and, on the 28th, Bollinger got underway for Eniwetok. Between 1 March and 4 April, she participated in the removal of the 4th Marine Division from Iwo Jima. From 7 April to 20 April, the attack transport underwent repairs at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. On 22 April, she departed Pearl Harbor to return to the west coast and arrived in San Pedro, Calif., on the 29th. During the first half of May, Bollinger loaded troops at Port Hueneme, San Francisco, and Seattle. She departed from the latter port on 16 May bound ultimately for the Ryukyu Islands. She made stops at Oahu, Eniwetok, and Ulithi before arriving at Okinawa on 2 July. There, she disembarked her passengers and replaced them with elements of the 6th Marine Division. The attack transport left Okinawa on 7 July and after stops at Saipan and Guam, disembarking the Marines at the latter island, Bollinger arrived in San Francisco on 29 July.

The ship completed repairs during the first week in August and then loaded troops for transportation overseas. She stood out of San Francisco on 10 August and, during the voyage, made stops at Eniwetok and Ulithi before arriving at Leyte on 7 September. Later, Bollinger moved north to Luzon where she visited Manila and Lingayen. On 12 September, the attack transport started out for Japan with occupation troops embarked. She made two such voyages from the Philippines to Japan before heading back to the United States from Japan. She returned to the west coast at San Diego on 15 November. The attack transport made another round-trip, transpacific voyage in December 1945 and January 1946. At that point, Bollinger settled into a routine of transpacific voyages that endured until early 1947. On 1 April 1947, she was placed out of commission at San Francisco. The next day, she was turned over to the Maritime Commission to be berthed with the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 22 May 1947. The ship remained at Suisun Bay until disposed of, apparently for scrapping, sometime early in 1975.

Bollinger earned one battle star during World War II.

Raymond A. Mann
31 January 2006

Published: Sat Jan 27 00:53:09 EST 2018