From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Bland is a county in Virginia.

(APA-134: dp. 6873; l. 455'; b. 62'; dr. 24'; s. 17.5 k.; cpl. 536; a. 1 5"; cl. Haskell)

Bland (APA-134) was launched 26 October 1944 by California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. L. A. Collins; transferred to the Navy 14 December 1944; and commissioned the following day, Commander L. E. Eastman, USNR, in command.

Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Bland made one voyage from California to Guam, Eniwetok, and Pearl Harbor (16 February-8 April 1945) and one from San Diego to Pearl Harbor and San Francisco (17 April-4 June). She departed San Francisco 26 June for Okinawa, arriving 8 July. After a voyage to Ulithi she returned to Okinawa 5 August. She then steamed to the Philippine Islands, arriving at Leyte 20 August and departed 1 September to support the occupation of Japan.

Bland arrived at Yokohama, Japan, 9 September and remained on occupation duty in the Far East until 18 January 1946. She arrived at San Francisco 7 February and Norfolk, Va., 7 March. She was decommissioned 27 April 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission the following day.