USS Tollberg (APD-103)
USS Tollberg in December 1945
|Name:||USS Tollberg (DE-593)|
|Namesake:||Maynard W. Tollberg|
|Builder:||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||30 December 1943 as Rudderow-class destroyer escort|
|Launched:||12 February 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Maynard W. Tollberg|
|Reclassified:||APD-103, 17 July 1944|
|Commissioned:||31 January 1945|
|Decommissioned:||20 December 1946|
|One battle star for World War II service|
|Fate:||Transferred to Colombia, 14 August 1965|
|Name:||ARC Almirante Padilla (DT-03)|
|Acquired:||14 August 1965|
|Class and type:||Crosley-class high speed transport|
|Displacement:||2,130 long tons (2,164 t) full|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)|
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)|
USS Tollberg (APD-103) was a United States Navy high-speed transport in commission from 1945 to 1946. In 1965, Tollberg was transferred to Colombia and served as ARC Almirante Padilla (DT-03) until being stricken and scrapped in 1973.
Construction and commissioning
Tollberg was laid down as the Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Tollberg (DE-593) on 30 December 1943 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., at Hingham, Massachusetts, and was launched on 12 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Maynard W. Tollberg. The ship was reclassified as a Crosley-class high-speed transport and redesignated APD-103 on 17 July 1944. After conversion to her new role, she was commissioned on 31 January 1945 with Lieutenant Commander Edward F. Butler, USNR, in command.
On 25 March, Tollberg got underway to escort attack cargo ship Rankin to the Panama Canal Zone. Tollberg transited the Panama Canal on 31 March and on 1 April proceeded independently to California. She reached San Diego, California, on 9 April and, on 15 April, departed for Hawaii.
Tollberg arrived at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 22 April, but left again on 4 May and proceeded via Eniwetok to Ulithi Atoll. She got underway on 31 May with destroyer escort Cross to escort the landing craft repair ships Poseidon and Minotaur and tanker Moose to Okinawa, where the Okinawa campaign was in progress. She arrived at the Hagushi beach area on 4 June and was assigned to picket duty in the antiaircraft and antisubmarine screen. Tollberg had only one opportunity to fire her guns at the enemy, at a distant Japanese aircraft.
On 8 August, Tollberg and destroyer escort Abercrombie joined battleships California and Nevada to screen them on a voyage to the Philippine Islands. On 9 August, Tollberg rescued a pilot from California whose float plane had swamped while taxiing in to be picked up. The warships arrived at Leyte in the Philippines on 11 August, and Tollberg remained there until 20 August. World War II ended during her stay at Leyte with the surrender of Japan on 15 August.
Tollberg departed the Philippines on 20 August to escort a convoy to Okinawa and returned to Leyte on 29 August. Between 20 September and 3 October, she escorted Transport Squadron 14 to Wakayama Bay, Japan, and back to Leyte. On 2 November, she left Manila, Luzon, to carry passengers to Okinawa and, after escorting amphibious force command ship Estes to Shanghai, China, disembarked them at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, on 7 November. On 12 November, she was back at Manila. Between 24 and 26 November, she embarked 156 passengers at Samar in the Philippines for passage to the United States East Coast.
Departing Samar on 27 November, Tollberg called at Eniwetok, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, and the Panama Canal Zone before arriving at Norfolk, Virginia, on 30 December. She remained at Norfolk until 26 March 1946, when she headed for the West Indies. After two months in the Caribbean, she was at the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York, from 20 May to 24 July. She then entered the Charleston Naval Shipyard at Charleston, South Carolina, for preservation work which continued from 26 July to 12 November. Tollberg then moved on to Green Cove Springs, Florida, arriving there on 13 November.
Decommissioning and disposal
Tollberg was decommissioned at Green Cove Springs on 20 December 1946 and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet on the St. Johns River there. In September 1959, she was towed from Mayport, Florida, to Sabine Pass, Texas, and laid up with the Texas Reserve Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Tollberg was stricken from the Navy List in November 1964
Honors and awards
Tollberg received one battle star for her World War II service.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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