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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

USS LST-919 was sold to Argentina and named ARA Cabo San Isidro (BDT6)
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 11 April 1944, by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 17 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-919, 31 May 1944, LT. Nils K. Stamps USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-919 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation;
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 6 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines;
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Luzon operation;
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 15 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-919 was assigned to Occupation and China Service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 10 October 194521 November 1945 to 7 April 1946
    30 October to 20 November 1945 

  • Decommissioned, 5 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • USS LST-919 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold, 10 January, 1948 to Pablo N. Ferrari & Co.
  • Resold to the government of Argentina, 1 March 1948, named ARA Cabo San Isidro (BDT6)
  • Converted to a Motor Torpedo Boat tender in 1950
  • Redesignated Q-56 and transferred to th Naval Transport Service in 1959
  • Decommissioned by the Argentine Navy, 8 August 1978
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 March 1980 to Aranta S.A.
    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-919
    LST-919 47k 9 January 1945, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon P.I. USS LST-919 is in background laying off shore. LST Home Port web site
    LST-919 26k USS LST-919 USS LST-922 and USS LST-990 beached at Red Beach Leyte Island, P.I., 14 December 1944. LST Home Port web site
    LST-919 62k USS LST-919 USS LST-922 and USS LST-990 beached at Red Beach Leyte Island, P.I., 14 December 1944, loading supplies and equipment bound for Mindoro Island, P.I.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OG 1909.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-919 87k USS LST-919 USS LST-922 and USS LST-990 beached at Mindoro Island, P.I., 15 December 1944 unloading supplies and equipment.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 017890.
    Australian War Memorial
    ARA Cabo San Isidro (BDT6) / (Q56)
    LST-919 154k Ex-USS LST-919 in Argentine naval service as ARA Cabo San Isidro (BDT6) drydocked, date and location unknown.
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst
    LST-919 171k
    LST-919 93k ARA Cabo San Isidro (Q56) at in Porto Argentino (Stanley) Bay, Malvinas (Falkland) Islands waiting to dock during the Falkland War, circa 5 April to 14 June 1982.
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-919
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Stamps, Nils, K., USNR31 May 1944 - December 1945
    02LT. Simonton, Robert Louis, USNRDecember 1945 - 5 August 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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