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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship
    Keel Laid July 24 1944 - Launched December 22 1944

    Commissioned March 15 1945 - Decommissioned January 15 1947
    Recommissioned October 5 1950 - Decommissioned July 9 1970

    Struck from Naval Register October 15 1976
    Utilized as target September 1985 sunk by grounding at San Nicholas Island CA.

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1945-69)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

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Cover Image

1st Commissioning March 15 1945 to January 15 1947


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Locy Type

(Br. #15699)


R/S Ship's Return Address


Locy Type
SL2bs(n) (48x4.5)


Also struck with the Fz (C-1) PM although only the killer bars and edge of the dial are seen on the card. Also double struck with a slogan machine cancel from San Diego CA.

2nd Commissioning October 5 1950 to July 9 1970


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First Day Postal Service


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Locy Type
2(n) (USS)




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Other Information

CABILDO earned 2 Battle Stars (Korea)
* Second Korean Winter, December 1951 - May 1952
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952, May - July 1952

Earned 7 Battle Stars (Vietnam)
* Vietnam Defense, July - October 1965
* Vietnam Counteroffensive, April - June 1966
* Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III, January 1967
* Tet Counteroffensive, February - March 1968
* Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV, April - June 1968
* Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V, July - November 1968
* Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970, November 1969

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (7) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (11) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

NAMESAKE - The Cabildo in New Orleans, now a historical museum, was the meeting place of the Spanish Cabildo and the old town hall of the city. Here the formal transfer of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States took place



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