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USS LST-1044

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-1044 was sold to Argentina and renamed ARA Cabo San Pio (BDT-10)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 November 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 3 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1044, 2 March 1945, LT. Frank P. Eldredge USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1044 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Three, CAPT. C. A. Legg USN (24);
    LST Group Ninety-Seven, CDR. H. B. McLean;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Four
  • Following World War II USS LST-1044 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    11 October 1945 to 14 April 194611 October 1945 to 14 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • Sold, 8 January 1948, to Pablo N. Ferrari & Co.
  • Resold to the government of Argentina, 28 June1948, as BDT-10
  • Assigned to the Argentine Naval Transport Service in 1953 at the Rio Santiago Naval Base
  • Disarmed, 24 February 1959, named Cabo San Pio (BDT-120)
  • Transferred to Naval Prefecture Argentina in 1963 for use as a training ship with the National Nautical School
  • Transfer suspended and returned to Naval Transport Service
  • Struck from the Argentine Naval Register, 30 December 1980
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1980 to Alberto Yanuzzi
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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-1044
    LST-1044 138k USS LST-1044 at anchor, date and location unknown. Ken Howard USS LST-1044 1944-46
    LST-1044 139k USS LST-1044 moored at Shanghai, date unknown. Ken Howard USS LST-1044 1944-46
    ARA San Pio (BDT-10)
    LST-1044 22k Ex-USS LST-1044 in Argentine naval service as ARA Cabo San Pio (BDT-10) moored pierside with a deck cargo of M4 Sherman tanks, date and location unknown.
    Official Argentine Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-1044 58k ARA Cabo San Pio (BDT-10) underway, date and location unknown.
    Official Argentine Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-1044
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Eldredge, Frank P., USNR2 March 1945 - 21 December 1945
    02LTjg. Ling, H. C., USNR21 December 1945 - 1946
    03LTjg. Zent, Paul H., USNR1946 - 28 June 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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