LSD-16 General Specifications
Class: Casa Grande-class dock landing ship
Complement: 326 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 4032 tons
Length: 457 feet 9 inches
Beam: 72 feet
Draft: 18 feet
Final Disposition: Sunk as a target September 1985
USS CABILDO (LSD-16)
Cabildo (LSD-16) was launched 22 December 1944 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.
Va.; sponsored by Miss A. B. Pendleton; and commissioned 15 March 1945
Commander E. B. Holdorff
Cabildo sailed from New York City 6 May 1945 for Pearl Harbor
where she arrived 8 June. She carried out her duties of docking and repairing small craft
transporting amphibious craft
and operating boat-pools at Guam and Okinawa in July. After carrying boats to the Philippines in August
Cabildo reported in Wakanoura Wan
on 11 September. Here she loaded Javanese
rescued from Japanese prison camps
who she carried to Okinawa. Laden with men of the Army Engineers
she arrived at Manila 3 October
then sailed for Japan
where she acted as receiving and repair ship at Sasebo and Yokosuka until 19 April 1946.
Cabildo returned to the west coast 12 May 1946
and was decommissioned 15 January 1947. Recommissioned at San Diego 5 October 1950
she took part in atomic weapons tests in the Marshalls and on 21 November 1951 sailed from San Diego for duty in Korean waters. She lifted soldiers and marines from Japan to Korea
and from Korea's east coast to the Inchon battle lines
and during a part of her tour served as flagship and tender to Mine Squadron 3 in its dangerous operations. While with this group in April off Wonsan
Cabildo received a direct hit from a shore battery
but suffered no casualties
and was able to continue her mission.
Returning to San Diego 2 September 1952
Cabildo prepared for another extended Far Eastern deployment from 3 July 1953 to 23 April 1954. In 1955 she was fitted with mezzanine and helicopter decks
and from that time operated extensively with Marine units in developing the vertical envelopment concept of amphibious warfare. Cabildo's west coast operations alternated with two tours of duty in the Far East from January 1956 to July 1958. Clearing San Diego on 11 February 1959
she carried craft and an underwater demolition team detachment to the Aleutians before continuing to Japan. After duty in Japanese and Formosan waters
she returned to Long Beach 5 June 1959. Amphibious exercises at Okinawa highlighted her 1960 deployment
which began 16 February and continued through the major portion of the year.
Cabildo received two battle stars for service in the Korean war.
[Note: The above USS CABILDO (LSD-16) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CABILDO (LSD-16) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]