Rolf DE-362

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Rolf DE-362


(DE-362: dp. 1,745 (f.); 1. 306'; b. 36'7"; dr. 13'4"; s. 24 k.; cpl. 223; a. 2 5", 10 40mm., 3 21" tt., 2 dct., 8 dcp (hh.),cl. John C. Butler)

Rolf (DE-362) was laid down 20 March 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex. launched 23 May 1944 sponsored by Mrs. Martha M. Roif, mother of Lieutenant (]unior grade) Rolf, and commissioned 7 September 1944 Lt. Comdr. Lester E. Hubbell, USNR, in command

Following shakedown off Bermuda, she departed Norfolk, Va., 30 November and reached San Diego 5 December. Rolf then sailed for the southwest Pacific and escorted a convoy from Hollandia, New Guinea, to Leyte Gulf. The ship subsequently operated under the Philippine Sea Frontier, and from May to August was part of a hunter-killer group at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. Just prior to the close of hostilities, Rolf participated in a search for enemy midget submarines believed to be operating northeast of Casiguran Bay, Luzon.

Following the Japanese surrender, the destroyer escort sailed with a task group via Okinawa to Jinsen, Korea for operations in support of the Korean occupation. She ;ater took part in the occupation of China.

Rolf decommissioned 3 June 1946 and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego, where she remained until stricken from the Navy list I December 1972.


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