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International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Uniform - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-872 was sold to Argentina and named Cabo San Gonzalo (BDT-4)
542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 November 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machinery Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 28 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-872, 22 January 1945, LT. Edward B. Hullinger USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-872 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Two, CAPT. D. J. Sweeny:
    LST Group Ninety-Five, CDR. J. Capponi USNR;
    LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Nine
  • Decommissioned, 8 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Sold for operation, 27 October 1947, to Northwest Merchandizing Service
  • Resold to the government of Argentina in 1948, named Cabo San Gonzalo (BDT-4)
  • Disarmed at the Santiago River Naval Base, 23 December 1957and added to the Argentine Naval Transport Command
  • Renamed Cabo San Gonzalo (Q-44)
  • Transferred to the Baja Naval Transport Service in 1979
  • Listed for disposal, 13 November 1979
  • Sold in 1980 to SERAM S.P.A. for scrapping
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    USS LST-872
    LST-872 67k USS LST-872 underway in the harbor at Hilo, T.H, in 1945. Gerd Metthes
    Cabo San Gonzalo (BDT-4)
    LST-872 43k Ex- USS LST-872 in Argentina naval service as Cabo San Gonzalo (BDT-4) high and dry while loading or unloading vehicles, date and location unknown.
    Photos courtesy of
    Robert Hurst
    LST-872 9k
    LST-872 16k Cabo San Gonzalo (BDT-4) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photos courtesy of
    Robert Hurst
    LST-872 191k Cabo San Gonzalo (BDT-4) drydocked, date and location unknown.
    Photos courtesy of
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-872
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hullinger, Edward B., USNR22 January 1945 - September 1945
    02LTjg. O'Malley, Paul K. USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    03LT. Fenlon, James P., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    04LT. Moorehead, M. J., USNRMarch 1946 - 8 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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