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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
JUL1944-Keel Date: 20 JUL 1944
DEC1944-Launch Date: 23 DEC 1944
MAY1945-Commissioned: 1 MAY 1945
JAN1958-JAN1959West Pac
JUL1960-NOV1960West Pac
SEP1961-Shellback Initiation - 8 SEP 1961 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1966-JUL1966West Pac
MAR1966-DEC1966West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1966-JUN1967Regular Overhaul
FEB1967-OCT1967West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1967-APR1968West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR1969-AUG1969West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR1970-OCT1970West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1971-APR1972West Pac
SEP1971-MAR1972West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1972-MAR1973West Pac
JAN1973-JUN1973West Pac
JAN1973-JUN1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1974-SEP1974West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1974-NOV1974West Pac
JUL1974-Shellback Initiation - 6 JUL 1974 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1976-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 1976 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1977-JUL1977West Pac
AUG1977-APR1978Dry Dock
MAR1979-MAY1980West Pac
SEP1979-MAR1981West Pac
MAR1981-MAR1981Towing USS Buttercup to Pearl Harbor
JUN1981-Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1981 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1983-Shellback Initiation - 18 FEB 1983 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1993-Shellback Initiation - 27 JUL 1993 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1994-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]