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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid 30 December 1943 as "DE-593"
    Launched 12 February 1944
    Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport 17 July 1944

  2. Commissioned 31 January 1945 - Decommissioned 20 December 1946
    Struck from Naval Register November 1964

  3. ARC ALMIRANTE PADILLA DT-03 (Colombian Naval Service)
  4. Transferred to Colombia 14 August 1965 & renamed
    Struck by the Colombian Navy in 1973 and broken up for scrap


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Tollberg APA-103 Covers Page 1    (1946-1965)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established 1 February 1945 - Disestablished 23 July 1946


Locy Type 2z




Locy Type 9#

(Br. #15513)




Locy Type


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson



Ship's Marking


Welcome to Norfolk cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS TOLLBERG earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Watertender Second Class Maynard W. Tollberg, USN (February 17 1904 - January 30 1943)
    Tollberg was born in North Branch, Minn. Tollberg enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on 23 September 1923 and was honorably discharged on 15 September 1927. He reenlisted on 23 June 1942 with the same rating and was assigned duty on board USS La Vallette DD-448.
     On the afternoon of 30 January 1943, during the second day of the Battle of Rennell Island, USS La Vallette was screening the damaged cruiser USS Chicago CA-29 when 11 enemy torpedo planes attacked. USS La Vallette received a torpedo hit in her forward engine room which killed 22 members of the crew. Watertender Second Class Tollberg, although fatally scalded by high temperature steam, painfully climbed up the fireroom ladder and emerged on the main deck through a hatch which had been blown open by the detonation. Despite severe pain and partial blindness, he expended his dying strength trying to close the control valve through which oil was pouring into the fireroom below, where a number of his helpless shipmates were trapped. Tollberg then collapsed and soon died of his wounds. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. The ships sponsor was Mrs. Maynard W. Tollberg.



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