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Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Cabildo (LSD-16)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Quebec - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive April 1952) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (7)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba, Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (11)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 22 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Cabildo (LSD-16), 15 March 1945, CDR. E. B. Holdorff, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cabildo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II and the Korean War USS Cabildo was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 27 September 19451 to 5 May 1956
    12 October 1945 to 19 April 1946 
    1 to 5 May 1956 

  • Decommissioned, 15 January 1947
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 5 October 1950, at San Diego, CA.
  • USS Cabildo participated the Atomic Energy Commission Project "Operation Greenhouse", in which she was one of the first ships to become radioactive. After extensive decontamination, Cabildo deployed to the Korean Theater of Operation in 1951
  • During the Korean War USS Cabildo (LSD-16) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    28 to 30 December 1951
    11 January 1952
    22 to 23 January 1952
    3 to 4 February 1952
    31 March to 1 April 1952
    6 April to 30 May 1952
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 to 5 May 1952
    13 to 27 May 1952
    17 to 18 June 1952
    5 to 10 July 1952

  • In April 1952 Cabildo while loading minesweeping boats at Wonsan, South Korea for Mine Squadron THREE, suffered a direct hit amidships but was able to carry out her mission after local repairs
  • During the Vietnam War USS Cabildo (LSD-16) participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    08 to 11 June 1965
    Tet Counteroffensive
    3 to 5 February 1967
    12 to 15 February 1967
    27 February to 11 March 1967
    Vietnam Defense
    4 to 7 July 1965
    18 July 1965
    30 to 31 July 1965
    15 to 23 August 1965
    4 to 27 September 1965
    19 October 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    7 to 10 April 1967
    30 May to 7 June 1968
    19 to 25 June 1968
    28 to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    29 April to 8 June 1966
    13 to 14 June 1966
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV 1 to 2 July 1968
    23 July to 6 August 1968
    13 to 20 August 1968
    3 to 11 September 1968
    5 to 10 October 1968
    29 October to 1 November1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    17 to 24 January 1967
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    2 to 3 November 1968

  • Decommissioned, 31 March 1970, at Long Beach, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1976
  • Final Disposition, utilized as a fleet target, sunk by grounding at San Nicholas Island CA. in September 1985
  • USS Cabildo earned two battle stars for Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with seven battle stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence, 7 April 1944)
    Displacement 4,032 (light draft), 7,930 (seagoing - loaded)
    Length 457' 9" o.a.
    Beam 72"
    8' 2 ½" fwd, 10' ½" aft (light draft)
    15' 5 ½" fwd, 16' 2" aft (seagoing loaded)
    Speed 17 kts (design speed)
    Endurance 8,000 miles @ 15 knots
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 237
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 218
    Well Deck Capacity (varies with mission)
    three LCT (Mk V or VI) each w/ 5 medium tanks or
    two LCT (Mk III or IV) each w/ 12 medium tanks or
    fourteen LCM (Mk III) each w/ 1 medium tank or 1, 500 long tons cargo or
    forty-seven DUKW or
    forty-one LVT or
    Any combination of landing vehicles and landing craft up to capacity
    Aircraft (still in commission in late 40's or early 50's) were fitted/retro-fitted with a prefabricated steel grated "Portable Deck" suspended between the wing walls and supported by removable I-beam girders. The aft end of the portable deck contained a wooden helicopter platform, enabling the ship to land and launch 1 helicopter at a time. Stowage of helicopters was limited to capacity of the portable deck installed for the mission. Aircraft servicing was limited to re-fueling. With portable deck and aircraft platform installed, the Landing ship, dock was still capable of transporting, launching and repairing smaller amphibious craft and vehicles up to the size of a Landing craft, utility (LCU) in their well decks.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount in open tub (w/director)
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts (w/directors)
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts (w/directors)
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts (local control)
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 11,720 Bbls
    Diesel 160 Bbls
    Gasoline 5,085 Gals
    two Newport News Shipbuilding steam turbines
    two Babcock and Wilcox oil fired D-type boilers, two drum, single furnace, single uptake, 250psi
    single Newport New Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship' Service Generators
    twin propellers, 7,000shp

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    Cabildo 34k USS Cabildo (LSD-16) under way, mid-1950s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    USS Cabildo Association
    Cabildo 29k USS Cabildo (LSD-16) under way in 1954 location unknown. USS Cabildo Association
    Cabildo 476k USS Cabildo (LSD-16) conducting engineering trials at the south end of Mare Island, 10 May 10, 1955.
    File name: LSD 16 25311-5-55, Navy Photo, 5/10/55
    Darryl Baker
    Cabildo 436k USS Cabildo (LSD-16) off the south end of Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1 August 1957.
    File name: LSD 16 35880-8-57, Navy Photo, 8/1/57
    Darryl Baker
    Cabildo 33k USS Cabildo (LSD-16) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    USS Cabildo Association
    Cabildo 124k USS Cabildo (LSD-16) under way in San Francisco Bay, August 1957. Photo by Allied Photographers, San Francisco, CA. Robert M. Cieri
    Cabildo 613k USS Cabildo (LSD-16) under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo from "Our Navy" magazine
    David Buell
    Cabildo 75k USS Cabildo (LSD-16) under way and proceeding to berth M 7 (Indicated by flag hoist - "Desig M 7" inboard on starboard yardarm. Outboard hoist indicates she is proceeding at 08 knots. She is coming into her anchorage in Long Beach, CA., her homeport at the time. Note the Sea and Anchor Detail on the forecastle and the starboard anchor which is ready to be let go. summer, year unknown. Donald J. Wagner
    Cabildo 76k USS Cabildo (LSD-16) at anchor while conducting Boat Operations off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands, 1964. Photo by LT Richard Dawson USNR USS Renville
    Cabildo 93k USS Cabildo (LSD-16) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Cabildo (LSD-16)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Holdorff, Ernest Bernard, USNR15 March 1945 - 14 December 1945
    02LT. White, Maurice N., USNR14 December 1945 - 15 December 1945
    03CDR. Lindsay, Hugh Wilson, USN (USNA 1922), acting15 December 1945 - 22 December 1945
    04CDR. Gregg, Wallace Howard, USN22 December 1945 - ?
     Decommissioned15 January 1947- 5 October 1950
    05CDR. Babb, Richard Edward, USN (USNA 1935) 5 October 1950 - October 1951
    06CDR. Bertholf, Charles Marriner, USN (USNA 1934)October 1951 - January 1953
    07CDR. Lee, George Russell, USN (USNA 1935)January 1953 - 1954
    08CDR. Morse, Walter Harrison, USN1954 - 15 October 1956
    09CDR. Kelsey Philip Culver, USN15 October 1956 - 15 September 1958
    10CDR. McCaughey, William Hunnewell, USN (USNA 1943)15 September 1958 - 1960
    11CDR. Gray Jr., John Albert, USN1960 - 17 July 1962
    12CDR. Itte, Charles Marius, USN17 July 1962 - 5 February 1964
    13CDR. Dietrichson, Warren Douglas, USN (USNA 1946)5 February 1964 - 30 January 1965
    14CDR. Grause, Jerome Edward, USN30 January 1965 - 9 January 1967
    15CDR. Freytag, David Robert, USN9 January 1967 - 20 June 1968
    16CDR. Johnston, Richard Carter, USN20 June 1968 - 9 July 1970
    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
    USS Cabildo (LSD-16) Association

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