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USS Cabildo (LSD-16)

Ships log - Summary of activities from 1944 through 1970
ship at DaNang
Danang 1966
24th. - Keel laid at Newport News Shipbuilding Company, Newport News, VA.
22nd. - Ship launched with a small contingent of key officers and crew reporting directly to the ship
Initial crew members assembeled in Newport Rhode Island for pre commissioning training.
Remainder of the plank owners were assembled for training in Norfolk, Virginia.
see commissioning
14th. - Majority of officers and crew were brought from Newport, RI by troop train.
15th. - The ship was commissioned with Commander E.B. Holdorff, USNR, in command.
31st. - Shakedown commenced with Navy camera men aboard to film moving pictures of an LSD in action. LCI’s and LCT’s were taken in and our of the well deck, and tanks were transferred to LSM’s and LST’s “married” to the stern.
26th. - Following shakedown, proceeded to NYC and took on a full cargo of boats and a dredge.
6th. - Left New York in convoy but defective pumps forced the ship to drop out at Norfolk where she remained for repairs.
12th. - Underway for Guantanamo, Cuba.
22nd. - After testing proved the problem corrected, departed Cuba. Proceeded through the Panama Canal en route to Pearl Harbor, remaining in Balboa, Canal Zone for two days.
8th. - Arrived Pearl Harbor. A boat division of five officers and 104 men were assigned to the ship.
18th.- Departed for Guam where the dredge was promptly put to work.
9th. - Departed Guam for Okinawa via Saipan and Ulithi
15th, - Departed Ulithi in convoy
21st. - Arrived Okinawa in convoy.
23rd. - At 0240 received "Flah Red, Control Yellow" warning. 0245 went to General Quarters. LCVPs #1 and #2 took station 200 yards on port and starboard bow and commenced making smoke. At 0335 the air raid welcome to the pacific was over and the ship secured from General Quarters.  The air raid action mentioned was not on the restricted schedule of activities for their second day at Okinawa.  Link to photo of the schedule.

4th. - While underway in a rough sea, an emergency signal was received from the SS Soter Ortynsky, a merchant vessel, that they had a man seriously ill. Following a dangerous transfer, the patient, a member of the ship’s armed guard crew, was successfully operated on for appendicitis complicated by peritonitis.

10th. - arrived in Eniwetok. The ship rid herself of the LCT’s and engaged in a week of intensive, 24-hour-a-day landing craft repair.
14th. - Received the glorious news that Japan had agreed to surrender.
21st. - while entering Peliliu Bay a floating mine was sighted and subsequently destroyed by gun fire. A cargo of small boats was loaded for Leyte.
24th. - Discharged the cargo of small boats at Leyte.
30th. - Arrived Buckney Bay, Okinawa and commenced operstion the boat pool and repairing landing craft.
9th. - In company with the Montpelier, Lunga Point, Sanctuary and Consolation, proceeded to Japan. The ship sailed with lights on, it was a strange feeling.
11th.- Made the initial occupational landings at Wakanoura Wan, Honshu, Japan. Entry was diffucult through mines laid by US B29's that the Japaneese pilot had little knowledge about.
see POWS and the Typhoon  
15 th. - loaded with 248 Javanese, Dutch and Australian former prisoners of war, departed in convoy which included the hospital ship USS Sanctuary for Okinawa where for three days were in throes of a typhoon.
The POW's were disembarked at Haguchi Bay, Okinawa after several miserable days including two days when the ship headed due east trying to aviod the worst of the storm.
Departed 27 September for Subic Bay, PI and then Manila, PI arriving 2 October.
17th. - Arrived Sasebo while at anchorage many crew members were able to get as close as authorities would allow, to view the immense destruction of Nagasaki, the second city to be hit with an atomic bomb.
14th. - CDR. Ernest Holdoff, eligible for release, received orders for immediate departure. Command was temporarily turned over to senior line officer, Lt. Maurice N. White.
22nd. - Permanent change of command with CDR. Wallace Howard Gregg, USN assumed command from Lt. Maury White
Continued repair and boat pool functions working out of Wakanoura Wan with short trips to Nagoya, Shimizu and Kure.
4th. - Set sail for Yokohama arriving the following day.
20th. - Ddeparted Yokosuka arriving Pearl Harbor 2 May.
2nd. - Arrived Pear Harbor.
4th. - Depart Pearl Harbor for San Diego.
12th. - Arrived San Diego
Note - The ship logged 38,882 miles in 1945-46 (1 yr 10 mo)
15th. - Decommissioned and transfered to Reserve Fleet in San Diego, California.
7th. - Re-commissioned for the Korean hostilities.  CDR. Richard Edward Babb Commanding Officer
Shakedown cruise. Proceeded to Mare Island Naval Station in Vallejo, California.
6th - Left Vallejo, California under sealed orders.
13th. - Arrived Pearl Harbor.
Arrived at Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands to participate in Operation Greenhouse, an Atomic Energy Commission project. During this operation, Cabildo was one of the first ships to become radio-active and required extensive decontamination prior to return to the United States
  October Cdr. Charles Marriner Bertholf, (USNA 1934) Became Commanding Officer releiving CDR. Richard  E. Babb  
Departed Yokosuka, Japan and proceeded to Inchon, Korea; Otaru, Hokido, Japan transporting the California 40th and 45th National Guard Division.
Deployed in the Western Pacific, Cabildo operated in Korean Theater of Operations. Operations were varied and the ship's duty ranged from lifting Army and Marine elements to acting as flagship and tender for the Ships of Mine Squadron Three.
see Wonson Action 1952  
26th.While in Wonson Harbor, North Korea that the Cabildo was hit by enemy fire from shore batteries. After repairs the Cabildo continued various operations from Japan to Korea over the next four months
  January CDR. George Russell Lee, (USNA 1935) became Commanding Officer releiving Charles M.  Bertholf  
While on the ‘53 cruise the Cabildo visited Pearl Harbor, Bikini Atoll, Eniwetok, Guam, Yokosuka, Yokohama, Sasebo, Kobe, Tokyo, Okinawa, Inchon, Pusan and Hong Kong. Christmas in ‘53 was celebrated in Hong Kong as was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II with special napkins from the Skyroom Lounge!
During this cruise Cabildo was in some pretty illustrious company including the USS Quincy, Helena, Oriskany, Los Angeles, Wasp, St. Paul, Fort Marion, Gunston Hall and USS Wisconsin
Departed San Diego in late January for Mare Island, arriving in early February to go into drydock.
Returned to San Diego to engage in operations through June
3rd. Departed San Diego for Pearl Harbor. Plan of the day for 8 July warned crew of overexposure to the tropical sun. Arrived Pearl on 10 July, moored at berth King 10, Naval Supply Depot. The movie for the 9th was “Meet Danny Wilson”.
Departed Pearl for Bikini Atol on 18 July. Bikini to Eniwetok on July 19 and Eniwetok to Guam on 24 July. Departed Guam for Yokosuka, Japan on 29 July.
On 6 August departed Yokosuka for Inchon, Orea and departed Inchon for Pusan on 8 August. Operations carried out during this time included extensive mine sweeping. Cabildo participated in Operation Marlex while in waters off Korea. Cabildo was in this area through October.
6th. Departed Yokosuka for Inchon, Orea and departed Inchon for Pusan on 8 August. Operations carried out during this time included extensive mine sweeping. Cabildo participated in Operation Marlex while in waters off Korea. Cabildo was in this area through October.
Off Otaru, Japan Cabildo was blanketed with snow and it’s cold! Movie for the night of 4 November was “Sea Devil” starring Yvonne DeCarlo and Rock Hudson.
Fired for Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) off Japan. All 20mm, twin 40mm and quad 40mm batteries take part.
1st to 23 April the Cabildo visited the following ports in Japan: Sasebo, Yokosuka, Yokohama, Sucami Wan-Numaru, Camp McGill and in Korea: To Jan Po, Paegn Yong Do, the Islands: Okinawa, HaHa Jima and Iwo Jima leaving Pearl Harbor 16 April and arriving San Diego 23 April.
16th. Departed Pearl Harbor
23rd. Arrived San Diego
12th. Departed San Diego
14th. Departed Treasure Island for Nome, Alaska
23rd. Embarked Marine troops at Nome for transportation to Seattle, Washington. No liberty parties due to hight winds.

8th. Departed for Portland, Oregon to pick up dredge for Army post in Whittier, Alaska for use in constructing new dock.

16th. Arrived Whittier, Alaska ship missed anchoring off a ledge and subsequently dropped 36 fathoms of chain before being able to stop. Capstan brake in chain locker so hot it required use of fire extinguishers to cool.
18th. Departed Whittier, Alaska
26th. Arrived San Diego
Made second Alaska cruise.
Home port changed to Long Beach, California.
CDR, Walter Harrison Morse becme Commanding Officer releiving CDR. George R. Lee
  1955 (These entries from a log kept by Douglas Heydenburg MM2)
see Iwo Jima
January 3rd. - Departed Long Beach, CA for operation Rainbow
    10th. - AR San Diego, CA  
    11th. - LV San Diego, CA  
    11th - AR Long Beach, CA  
    28th - LV Long Beach, CA  
  Febuary 7th - LV  San Diego, CA and AR Long Beach, CA  
    11th - LV Long Beach  
    12th - AR Oakland, CA  
    14th - LV Oakland AR Point Molante , CA  
    15th - LV Point Molante, CA, AR NAD, LV N A D, AR Mare Island, CA for Yard Period  
  May 20th - LV Mare Island, CA  
    28th - AR Long Beach, CA  
  June 20th - LV Long Beach, CA to steam at sea  
    25th - AR back at Long Beach, CA  
    27th - LV Long Beach, CA to steam at sea  
  July 2nd - LV Long Beach, CA to steam at sea  
  5th - LV Long Beach, CA  
  7th - AR San Diego, CA  
11th - LV San Diego for Sea (probably refresher training)
  22th - LV San Diego, CA  and AR Long Beach, CA
  August 15th - LV Long Beach, CA and AR San Diego, CA  
  26th - LV San Diego, CA and AR Long Beach, CA  
  September 19th - LV Long Beach, CA AR Del Mar, CA  
  21st - LV Del Mar, CA and AR Pyramid Cove, CA  
  23rd - LV Pyramid Cove and AR Coronado Road, CA  
  27th - LV Coronado Road and AR Long Beach, CA  
  October 3rd - LV Long Beach, CA and  AR Coronado Road, CA  
    6th - LV Coronado Road, CA for San Diego, CA  
    7th - LV San Diego CA and AR Long Beach, CA  
    24th - LV Long Beach, CA  
    26th - AR Del Mar, CA  
    27th - Del Mar, CA and AR  Long Beach, CA  
    31th - LV Long Beach, CA and AR San Diego, CA  
November 1st - LV San Diego,CA and AR Del Mar, CA
    4th - LV Del Mar, CA and AR San Diego, CA  
    7th - LV San Diego, CA  
    8th - AR San Clementie Island, CA  
    10th - AR Coronado Road, CA  
    11th - LV Coronado Road, CA  
    15th - AR Del Mar, CA  
    18th - LV Del Mar, CA and AR Long Beach, CA  
    19th - LV Long Baech, CA and AR San Pedro, CA  
  December 1st - LV San Pedro, CA and AR Long Beach, CA  
    7th - LV long Beach, CAS and AR San Diego, CA  
    9th - LV San Diego, CA and AR Long Beach  
January -
Operated in Far Eastern Waters for third tour since re-commissioned.
    9th - LV Long Beach, CA and AR San Diego, CA  
    10th - LV San Diego,CA and AR Long Beach, CA    
12th - LV Long Beach
February 3rd - AR Yokosuka, Japan
    LV - Yokosuka, Japan    
    10th - AR Otowa, Japan Camp McGill load Marines and AR Yokosuka, Japan    
    11th - LV Yokosuka, Japan for operations on Iwo Jima Island    
    23rd - AR Otowa, Japan Camp McGill    
    24th - AR Yokosula, Japan    
    Collision with the USS Spangler (DE-97)  
    While passing mail to and from the USS Spangler the ships bumped and the USS Cabildo had some 52 ribs damaged.  
    27th - LV Yokosuka, Japan  
  March 3rd - AR Sasebo, Japan  
    22nd -LV Sasebo, Japan  
    24th - AR Yokosuka, Japan  
    30th - LV Yokosuka, Japan  
    31st - AR Sihogama, Japan  
  April 2nd - LV Sihogama, Japan  
    6th - AR Kita Jima, Japan and LV Kita Jima, Japan  
    7th - AR Iwo Jima, Japan  
8th - LV Iwo Jima, Japan
    11th - AR Yokosuka, Japan  
    12th - LV Yokosuka, Japan and AR Shiogama, Japan  
    13th - LV Shiogama, Japan  
    14th - AR Yokosuka, Japan  
    22nd - LV Yokosuka, Japan  
    24th - AR Sasebo, Japan  
    28th - LV Sasebo, Japan  
  May 1st - AR Kaoh Siung, Formosa  
    5th - LV Kaoh Siung, Formosa  
    7th - AR Hong Kong, China  
    14th - LV Hong Kong, China  
    16th - AR Keelung, Formosa and LV Keelung, Formosa  
    18th - AR Sasebo, Japan  
    21st - LV Sasebo, Japan  
    23rd - Yokosuka, Japan  
    31st - LV Yokosuka, Japan and AR Camp McGill and LV Camp McGill  
  June 1st - AR Namazu, Japan  
    2nd - LV Namazu, Japan  
    3rd - AR Chigasaki, Japan  
    4th - LV Chigasaki, Japan  
    7th - AR Miyko Jima, Japan and LV Miyko Jima, Japan  
    9th - AR Iwo Jima, Japan  
    11th - LV Iwo Jima, Japan  
    13th - AR Numazu, Japan  
    14th - LV Numazu, Japan and AR at Camp McGill and LV Camp McGill and AR Yokosuka  
  July 13th - LV Yokosuka, Japan  
    15th - AR Sasebo, Japan  
    17th - LV Sasebo, Japan and AR Ashiya, Japan  
    19th - LV Ashiya, Japan and AR Sasebo, Japan  
    24th - LV Sasebo, Japan and AR Nagasaki, Japan  
    26th - LV Nagasaki, Japan and AR Sasebo, Japan  
  August 10th - LV Sasebo, Japan  
    11th - AR Beppu, Japan  
    15th - LV Beppu, Japan  
    16th - AR Kobe, Japan and LV Kobe, Japan  
    17th - AR Yokosuka, Japan  
    (Note: at this point Dougals Heydenburg left the USS Cabildo flew home via  
    Tokyo, Wake Island, Honolulu and arrived at Travis AFB, CA)  
CDR. Phillip Culver Kelsey became Commanding Officer releiving CDR. Walter H. Morse
10th. - The USS Cabildo returned to Long Beach
Operated in US home waters.
17th. Departed for Wespac

1958 was a very busy time for the Cabildo. We spent most of our time on patrol as China and Formosa were having difficult times. We entered Kaohsiung, Formosa and loaded gun powder tubes similar to the type we used in our semi-fixed 5" gun on the bow and some Matador missiles for the Air Force. We were watched going in to the harbor by a submarine. We were there about three days while the loading went on. We could hear the Chinese big guns firing on Matsu and Quamoy (not sure about the spelling) and the dock we were tied up at had many armed soldiers moving to and fro. On the way out of the harbor (I was in the starboard fire room) we received a fully back down. Some one, don't know who, us or them, made a mistake and the mines stretched across the channel had not been pulled back so we could go out. It was a close encounter. We had very little liberty time on this cruise as compared to our other cruises. Our fuel, mail and food was brought out to us while on station.

At one point we pulled into Yokosuka just long enough to drop about 10 men off that were in need of hospital care and took on mail I would say we were along side the dock for 15 minutes. On another occasion we ruptured a water tube in the starboard boiler and had to go into the yard for about two weeks. It was a busy time, but I enjoyed all the "steaming" we had to do.

4th. While enroute home the ship celibrated the 4th of July with a holiday routine and then crossed the international date line and enjoyed another day of holiday routine.
  Aug - Sept
During this time period CDR. Philip Kelsey was relieved by CDR. William Hunnewell McCaughey.
  Oct - Dec
During this period the ship loaded Army personnel from Fort Lewis Washington and participated in a landing exercise near San Simeon with hearst Castle in full view.
(Wade H. Combs)
  Feb - June
Deployed to the Western Pacific from Feb. 10, 1959 until returning on June 5, 1959.
  July - Dec.
Todd Shipyard overhall Seattle Washington. Stuck there during the steel strike. "We had been in the yards long enough to be inoperable and when the strike started so we had to stay until the strike was over."
(Wade H. Combs)

    CDR. John Albert Grey Jr. became Commanding Officer releiving CDR. William H. McCaughey  
  Feb- July
Operated in Far East participating in Amphibious Operations with Nationalist Chinese and Koreans.
  July - Dec
Attended the "Pacific Festival" in San Francisco and participated in Operation Pack Mule in Southern California.
Made an operational visit to Fort Lewis and Tacoma, Washington and good will visit to Vancouver, British Columbia
  Mar - May
Participated in support operations to preserve the peace in the Far East. this included emergency deployment to Okinawa with USMC units embarked.
Participated in operation Green Light off the coast of Southern California.
  August 1961 - February 1962
FRAM Mark II overhaul at Todd Shipyard, Alameda, California. Ship was extensively modernized. INSURV Inspection
Amphibious Refresher Training.
  February see Christmas Island  
The last U.S. atomic test series. The ship was used to take the natives off their island for their own protection during the test. We delivered and set up targets for the tests. Ship had one occasion of having to avoid a hot cloud. CIC got a well done.
see Crossing the Line
First crossed the Equator March 6th at Longitude 00000 and Latitude 157 48 W. The skipper was Captain Gray. We were to cross over two more times.
  July CDR. Charles Marius Itte Became Commanding Officer releiving CDR. John A.  Gray      
Participated in operation Dominic as a unit of Joint Task Force 8, operating in support of nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean area.
October - November
Cuban Missile crisis. The Cabildo loaded Marines and equipment at Camp Pendelton and transited through the Panama Canal and was steaming in the Gulf of Mexico available had force been necessary.
Interim overhaul at AAA Shipyard San Francisco.
  April - June Operating and training off southern California and Mexico.  
  July Visited San Francisco for a weekend in the middle of a two week training exercise  
  June-August Operating and training off southern California and Mexico.  
Departed Long Beach for Hawaii taking two Norwegian PT Boats to Pearl Harbor en route to Vietnam. They were being evaluated as prototypes for what became the Swift Boats. Participated in a landing exercise with Marines from Kaneohe Bay on Molokai.
Departed Pearl Harbor for Wespac refueling at Kwajalein Atoll and stopping briefly in Guam. We continued on Subic Bay Philippines via the straights of San Bernardino.
Station Ship Hong Kong. Operated both the Shore Patrol and Air Port Liaison for the American presence in Hong Kong
Made two round trips between Okinawa and Yokosuka Japan. Spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Kobe Japan.
Our Captain, CDR. Charles M. Itte, was relieved by CDR. Warren D. Dietrichson in Yokosuka Japan.
The USS Merrick (AKA-97) collided with the USS Cabildo during transfer of an injured man in the Japanese Sea. The ship returned to Yokosuka repairs.
Participated in Operation Firehouse off the Korean East Coast operation with a UDT Team aboard.
Participated in a large joint amphibious exercise with the relieving amphibious squadron and Marines from Okinawa on the West Coast of Taiwan.
After returning the Marines to Okinawa our Phibron 7 squadron started for our home port of Long Beach. After three days three ships in the squadron were diverted to support activities in Vietnam.
  1965 From cruise book ORIENT '65 thanks to Major General Dennis Kenneally, son of shipmate Frank Kennealy SFCS  
  Jan 30 CDR. Jerome Edward Grouse became Commanding Officer releiving CDR . Warren D. Detrickson      
  May 1
Left Long Beach for San Diego
May 10
Left San Diego for Midway
  May 21
Arrived and departed Midway
  June 1
Arrived Okinawa
June 2
Typhoon evasion
  June 3
Departed Okinawa for Cam Rahn Bay
  June 8
Arrive and depart Cam Rahn Bay
  June 9
Arrive and depart Chu Lai and Arrive Danang
  June 10
Depart Danang for Subic Bay
  June 12-21
Subic Bay P.I.
  June 22
Depart for Okinawa
  June 26
Arrived Okinawa
  July 3
Departed Okinawa for Danang
July 7
Arrived Danang
  July 8
Departed Danang for Subic Bay
  July 11
Arrived Subic Bay
  July 13
Typhoon evasion
  July 15
Departed Subic for Danang
  July 18
Arrtived Danang
  July 19
Departed Danang for Okinawa
  July 23
Arrived Okinawa
  July 25
Departed Subic for Danang and evade Typhoon Harriet
  July 25
Departed Subic for Danang
  July 30
Arrive Danang
  July 31
Depart Danang for Okinawa
  August 6
Arrive Okinawa
  August 9
Depart Okinawa for Chu Lai
  August 14
Arrive Chu Lai
  August 17
Departed for Operaton "Starlight"
  18 - 24th Amphibious landing with RLT-7 US Marines at Baie De My Han Republic of Vietnam.    
  August 25
Depart Chu Lai for Subic Bay
  August 27
Arrive Subic Bay
  Sept 2
Depart Subic Bay for Chu Lai
  Sept 4
Arrive Chi Lai
  Sept 5 - 10
Operation "Piranha"
  Sept 11
Depart Chu Lai for Subic Bay
  Sept 12
Directed to reurn to Danang
  Sept 14
Arrive Danang, Depart for Qui Nhon
  Sept 15
Arrive Qui Nhon
   Sept 16-17
Qui Nhon, Operation "Highland" with 1st. Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
  Sept 28
Depart Qui Nhon for Danang
  Sept 29
Arrive Denang, Depart for Subic Bay
  Oct 1
Arrive Subic Bay
  Oct 6
Depart Subc Bay for Pusan Korea
  Oct 11
Arrive Pusan
  Oct 13
Depart Pusan for Qui Nhon
  Oct 19
Arrive Qui Nhon
  Oct 20
Depart Qui NHon for Subic Bay
  Oct 22
Arrive Subic Bay
  Oct 23
Depart Subic Bay for Phan Thiet
  Oct 25 - 28
Special Operations
  Oct 30
Arrive Subic Bay
  Nov 5
Depart Subic Bay for Manila
  Nov 8
Depart Manila for Subic Bay
  Nov  10
Depart Subic Bay for Hong Kong
   Nov 12-16
Hong Kong
  Nov 17
Depart Hong Kong for Subic Bay
  Nov 18
Arrive Subic Bay
  Nov 22
Depart Subic Bay for Guam
  Nov 28
Depart Guam for Pearl Harbor
  Dec 9
Arrive Pearl Harbor
  Dec 11
Depart Pearl Harbor for Conus   - Homeward Bound -
  Dec 18
Arrived home to Long Beach
Transported PACV Air Boats to Vietnam. Shuttle trips including swift boats
See Vietnam Images
  Jan 25-26 Operational Readiness Inspection  
  Feb 2 When to San Francisco to pick up three landing craft - included two evenings liberty.  
  Feb 11 Entered Todd shipyard  
  March 16 Left Todd Shipyard, loaded PACV's  
  March 17 Departed Long Beach for Wespac  
  March 24 Arrived Pearl Harbor  
  March 25 Gen. Ktulak, Commanding General FMFPAC Visit  
March 26 Departed Pearl Harbor
  March 29 Arrived Johnston Island, offloaded an LCU  
  April 6 Arrived Guam - Loaded 2 LCU's for major overhall in Japan  
  April 7 Departed Guam for Yokosuka, Japan  
  April 12 Arrived Yokosuka, Japan  
  April 18 Departed Yokosuka for Inchon, Republic of Korea  
  April 22 Stopped at Inchon and depated for Da Nang, Vietnam  
  April 28 Arrived at Da Nang - off loaded LVT's - Departed for Qui Nhom  
  April 29 Arrived at Qui Nhom, Vietnam  
  April 30 Departed Qui Nhon, Vietnam  
  May 1 Arrived Vung Tau, Vietnam - off loaded PACV's for Div 103  
  May 2 Departed Vung Tau  
  May 3 Arrived  Cam Ranh Bay  
  May 14 Departed Cam Rahn Bay  
May 15 Arrived Vung Tau
  May 16 Departed Vung Tau and refuled and returned  
  June 2 Departed Vung Tau  
  June 3 Arrived Qu Nhon  
  June 4 Departed Qu Nhan  
  June 5 Stopped at Chi Lai  
  June 8 Arrived at Subic Bay, P I  
  June 11 Departed Subic Bay  
  June 13 Arrived Da Nang  
  June 14 Departed Da Nang  
  June 16 Arrived Hong Kong, BCC for R & R  
  June 21 Departed Hong Kong for Yokosuka, Japan  
  June 27 Arrived Yokosuka, Japan  
  June 28 Typhoon Kit  
  July 5 Departed Yokosuka, Japan  
  July 12 180 degree cookout in well deck  
  July 16 Arrived Pearl Harbor  
  July 18 Departed Pear Harbor for Long Beach!  
  July 26 Arrived home in Long Beach!  
  Jan. 9 CDR. David Robert Freytag became Commanding Offficer releiving CDR. Jerome E. Grause  

1968 Log entries from May to Oct. thanks to crewmember LT(jg) Gary Zupkas

  May 1 Departed Long Beach, CA for Nha Be, Vietnam.
May 9
Arrived Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
  May 11 Departed Pearl Harbor for Subic Bay, Philippines.  
  May 28 Arrived Subic Bay.      
  May 29

Departed Subic Bay for Vung Tau, Vietnam.

  June 1 Arrived Vung Tau in the middle of the night.      
  June 2

Departed Vung Tau the next morning in the midst of monsoon rain and headed up the river for Nha Be. Officers were issued sidearms and vials of morphine. Sights and sounds of bombing in and around Saigon evident as Cabildo traverses narrow and winding river. Arrived Nha Be and offloaded Mobile PBR Base. Departed Nha Be for Cua Viet.

  June 5

Arrived Cua Viet. Departed for Subic Bay.

  June 8

Arrived Subic Bay. ENS Bruce Wolven reported aboard with ENS Gary Zupkas who began the process of relieving LTJG Jim Shields as COMM Officer and RPS Custodian. ENS Bruce Wolven takes over duties as Main Propulsion Assistant and immediately takes charge of needed repairs to boilers that had "salted up"..

  June 17

Departed Subic Bay for Da Nang, Vietnam. While underway, conducted man overboard, GQ and gunnery drills (used painted barrels for target practice for 40mm and 50 cal machine guns).

  June 20

Arrived Da Nang. CDR Richard C. Johnston relieved CDR David R. Freytag as Commanding Officer. Anchored in the midst of LSTs, Oilers and hospital ship USS Repose (AH-16). Super Sabres and Hueys flying overhead, sound of gunfire, explosions and much black smoke. Onloaded LCMs. Departed for Phan Rang.

  June 22

Arrived Phan Rang. Onloaded diving boat. Phan Rang was a desolate mountainous beach surrounded by fishing boats. Departed Phan Rang for Vung Tau. Manned port and starboard 50 cal. machine guns but encountered no trouble.

  June 23

Arrived Vung Tau. Offloaded LCMs and diving boat. Departed Vung Tau for Subic Bay.

June 26

Arrived Subic Bay. Onloaded PCFs (“Swift” Boats). Departed Subic Bay for Tan My.

  June 30
Arrived Cam Ranh Bay. Set Hostile Security Watch while at anchor (six sentries patrolled rails for swimmers with mines). Grenades were kept on bridge.
  July 3

Arrived Subic Bay. Four carriers are in port including the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). The “Fleet’s In” .. and Olongapo is very crowded. Onloaded Deep Sea Dredge.

  July 5

Departed Subic Bay for Sasebo, Japan.

  July 18

Departed Sasebo for Cam Ranh Bay

  July 24

Arrived Cam Ranh Bay. Offloaded PCF’s.

  July 25

Departed Cam Ranh Bay for Vung Tau. Buzzed by two Super Sabres (hundred feet over the bridge). Went through typhoon weather (50 knot relative winds). Unrep with USS Guadalupe (AO-32).

  July 26

Arrived Vung Tau. Offloaded Deep Sea Dredge.

  July 27

Departed Vung Tau for Cam Ranh Bay.

  July 28

Arrived Cam Ranh Bay. The crew had a beach party/cookout with steaks and free beer. Needless to say, a good time was had by all, as reported by Bruce Wolven in charge of Shore Patrol. A lot of laying in the sun, body-surfing, eating and, of course, drinking. As the Papa boat was taking crewmembers back to the ship, pier sentries spotted VC in the water around the Swift Boats. They dropped concussion grenades in and killed one of the swimmers.

  July 30

A group of Red Cross girls came aboard to entertain the troops (sounds funny, but all within the bounds of propriety).

  Aug 1 Departed Cam Ranh Bay for Tan My.      
  Aug 3

Arrived Tan My. Departed Tan My for Cua Viet. Departed Cua Viet for Da Nang. Arrived Da Nang. Loaded boats. USS Boston (CA-69) conducting shore bombardment.

  Aug 4

4th. Departed Da Nang for Subic Bay. Conducted AA “sleeve shoot” exercises with 40mm.

  Aug 7 Arrived Subic Bay      
  Aug 8

QMC Thompson reports aboard.

  Aug 11

ENS Bruce Galanter reports aboard. Departed Subic Bay for Vung Tau.

  Aug 14

Arrived Vung Tau.

  Aug 15

Departed Vung Tau for Da Nang.

  Aug 17

Arrived Da Nang. While anchored in Danang Harbor, there is a Red Alert due to VC infiltration. USS Providence (CL-82) commenced shore bombardment and Cabildo is ordered to move to Wonder Beach Army Causeway. Departed Da Nang for Wonder Beach.

  Aug 18

Arrived Wonder Beach. Departed Wonder Beach for Qui Nhon.

  Aug 19

Arrived Qui Nhon. Departed Qui Nhon for Subic Bay. While underway on 20 August, received a distress signal from Taiwanese vessel. Proceeded on course to aid stricken vessel.

  Aug 21

Arrived Subic Bay. Anchored, awaiting USS Kawishiwi (AO-146) to depart. Delayed because Kawishiwi has gotten salt in her boilers, leaving a very upset CO.

  Sept 1 1st. Departed Subic Bay for Da Nang.      
  Sept 4

Arrived Da Nang. Departed Da Nang for Wonder Beach. Picked up parts for radar and crypto gear. PCFs come under mortar attack and Cabildo is once again ordered to take station off Wonder Beach Army Causeway.

  Sept 5

Steamed off Wonder Beach to avoid typhoon. Went through tropical storm Bess (50 knot relative winds, 30 degree rolls). Steamed up and down the coast for the next few days, cancelling one of our lifts, awaiting orders.

  Sept 6

Arrived Da Nang. Departed Da Nang for Wonder Beach

  Sept 7

Arrived Wonder Beach. Departed Wonder Beach for Vung Ro Bay

  Sept 8

Arrived Vung Ro Bay. Departed Vung Ro Bay for Da Nang

  Sept 16

Arrived Yokosuka. ENS Jim Arthur reports aboard. Departed Yokosuka for Sasebo, Japan.

  Sept 19

Arrived Sasebo. Shore liberty for the crew. Departure was scheduled for 22 Sept. but delayed because of typhoon Della.

  Sept 25

Departed Sasebo for Subic Bay. Ran into Della’s “relief”, typhoon Elaine and took evasive course. Took up to 40 degree rolls.

  Oct 2 Arrived Subic Bay      
  Oct 5

Arrived Cam Ranh Bay.

  Oct 8

Arrived Cam Ranh Bay. Departed Cam Ranh Bay for San Fernando.

  Oct 11

Arrived San Fernando. Departed San Fernando for Subic Bay.

  Oct 20

Departed Subic Bay for Hong Kong.

  Oct 28

Departed Hong Kong for Da Nang.

  Oct 30 Arrived Da Nang. ENS Perry Bishop reports aboard. Departed Da Nang for Cam Ranh Bay.  
  Oct 31 Arrived Cam Ranh Bay. Half the crew has intestinal “problems” because of bad water  
  Nov 1

Departed Cam Ranh Bay for Keelung

  Nov 6
6th. Arrived Keelung. We are the only US Navy ship in port (one Coast Guard vessel and various Merchant vessels). Cabildo is paid a visit by a Nationalist Chinese Admiral.
Nov 9 Departed Keelung for Buckner bay.  Went through rough seas (up to 48 degree rolls) on way to Okinawa.  
  Nov 11
Arrived Buckner Bay. Ensign Dick Saylor reports aboard.
  Nov 13

Departed Buckner Bay for Kure. Onloaded Admiral’s gig and dog and had a very interesting cruise throug the Inland Sea.

  Nov 15
Arrived Kure. Departed for Yokosuka.
  Nov 17
Arrived Yokosuka. Underwent upkeep repairs. Turbine blade comes loose and chews up rotor.
  Nov 23
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN, minus USS Cabildo (turbine repair) sails for home. We say goodbye to USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) and USS Okanogan (APA-220) as they set sail to join with USS Merick (AKA-97) on their way home. Needless to say, morale is at an all-time low as the crew contemplates not making it back for Christmas. But the Yokosuka Ship Repair Facility takes full responsibility for turbine damage and works around the clock to have it repaired. Sea trials are conducted and turbine test out ok. We’re on our way home.
  Nov 26
Departed Yokosuka for Pearl Harbor.
  Dec  6
Arrived Pearl Harbor.
  Dec 7
Departed Pearl Harbor for Long Beach. This is on Pearl Harbor Day and everyone is suffering from “channel fever” but very glad that we are heading for CONUS.
  Dec 14 Arrived Long Beach. The USS Cabildo (LSD-16) ends her illustrious overseas career  
Year of duty in readiness training, “Operation Bellflower” with Mine Warefare Command and participates in the Centennial 4th of July Celebration in Tacoma, Washington.
Her Last Contribution
see Target Image  
In the mid-1980’s the EX USS Cabildo was acquired from Naval Civil Engineering Lab (NCEL) at Port Hueneme by Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division. In December 1983 the ship was environmentally cleaned and utilized as a Fleet target.
The Ship Today
see Cabildo Today
After one of her target exercises a tug was unable successfully connect a tow line to the former USS Cabildo and she grounded and sank on San Nicolas Island, one of the California Channel Islands. We are fortunate to have from Brad Mongeau some wonderful pictures taken taken about the ship as she rests beneath the sea today.
Webmaster note: I for one am pleased that she was not cut up for scrap and that she resides peacefully in such a beautiful place. weg

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