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U.S.S. BOLSTER

(ARS-38)

THE IMPOSSIBLE COMPLETED YESTERDAY

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USS BOLSTER (ARS-38) - a Bolster-class rescue and salvage ship

In Commission 1945 to 1994

ARS-38 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1944 - Keel Date: 20 JUL 1944
DEC 1944 - Launch Date: 23 DEC 1944
MAY 1945 - Commissioned: 1 MAY 1945
JAN 1958 - JAN 1959 West Pac
JUL 1960 - NOV 1960 West Pac
SEP 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 8 SEP 1961 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1966 - JUL 1966 West Pac
MAR 1966 - DEC 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1966 - JUN 1967 Regular Overhaul
SEP 1967 - APR 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1969 - AUG 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1970 - OCT 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1971 - APR 1972 West Pac
SEP 1971 - MAR 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1972 - MAR 1973 West Pac
JAN 1973 - JUN 1973 West Pac
JAN 1973 - JUN 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1974 - SEP 1974 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1974 - NOV 1974 West Pac
JUL 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUL 1974 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 1976 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1977 - JUL 1977 West Pac
AUG 1977 - APR 1978 Dry Dock
MAR 1979 - MAY 1980 West Pac
SEP 1979 - MAR 1981 West Pac
MAR 1981 - MAR 1981 Towing USS Buttercup to Pearl Harbor
JUN 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1981 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 18 FEB 1983 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JUL 1993 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1994 - Decommissioned: 24 SEP 1994

ARS-38 General Specifications

Complement: 120 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1497 tons

Length: 213 feet 6 inches

Beam: 39 feet

Draft: 14 feet 8 in

Flank Speed: 15 knots



USS BOLSTER (ARS-38)



Bolster (ARS-38) was launched 23 December 1944 by Basalt Rock Co. Napa Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. C. A. Mayo Jr. wife of Lieutenant Mayo USNR; commissioned 1 May 1945 Lieutenant W. F. Lewis in command; and joined the Pacific Fleet.


On 18 July 1945 after repair duty along the California coast Bolster departed for Pearl Harbor. She remained there until 15 August when she sailed for Yokosuka Japan. Bolster conducted repair and salvage operations in Japanese waters until leaving for Subic Bay Luzon 10 October 1946. She remained in the Philippines until April 1947 and then returned to Pearl Harbor via Okinawa Guam and Kwajalein.

Bolster operated alternately out of Pearl Harbor and Adak Alaska on salvage and towing duties until 22 August 1950. She then towed two barges to Sasebo Japan and remained in the Far East until 6 July 1951. During this tour she participated in the Inchon landing (15 September 1950) and the Hungnam Evacuation (9-25 December 1950).


Since 1952 Bolster has continued to operate out of Pearl Harbor and has made six tours of the Far East visiting Japan Hong Kong Korea Okinawa and the Philippine Islands.

Bolster received seven battle stars for her Korean service (9 September 1950-8 July 1951 24 January-16 August 1952 and 16 February-15 April 1953).



[Note: The above USS BOLSTER (ARS-38) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BOLSTER (ARS-38) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]