Bollinger APA-234 - History


Bosque is a county in Texas.

(APA-135: dp. 6873; 1. 455'; b. 62'; dr. 24'; -s. 17.5 k.;
cpl. 536; a. 1 5";cl. Haskell)

Bosque (APA-135) was launched 28 October 1944 by California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. Donald F. Stace; transferred to the Navy 17 December 1944, and commissioned two days later, Captain H. C. Johnson in command.

Bosque joined the Pacific Fleet and arrived at Honolulu, T. H., 25 February 1945. She carried troops and cargo to Eniwetok, Marshall Islands; -Saipan and Guam, Marianas Islands; and Ulithl, Caroline Islands (11 March-15 April 1945), before carrying reinforcements and supplies to Okinawa. After unloading at Okinawa (26-30 April) Bosque returned to San Francisco. She again sailed westward 7 May, via Eniwetok; Ulithi; New Guinea; and Noumea, New Caledonia, to the Philippines, arriving 27 July. There she conducted training exercises until 25 August when she got underway for Japan. Bo8que put her passengers ashore at Yokosuka, Japan, 3 September and then returned to the Philippines. After one more voyage to Japan (22 September-3 October) she returned to San Francisco, via Guadalcanal, the Russell Islands, and Noumea, arriving 26 October 1945.

Decommissioned 15 March 1946, Bosque was returned to the Maritime Commission 22 March 1946.

Bosque received one battle star for her service in the Pacific.