Page created: March 13, 2005
Updated: January 14, 2006
One other highlight on board her for George
Music: US Naval Academy Band-
"Navy Blue and Gold"
Now colleges from sea to sea
May sing of colors true,
But who has better right then we
To hoist a symbol hue?
For sailors brave in battle fair
Since fighting days of old,
Have proved a sailor's right to wear
The Navy Blue and Gold.
\So hoist our colors, hoist them high,
And vow allegiance true,
So long as sunset gilds the sky
Above the ocean blue,
Unlowered shall those colors be
Whatever fate they meet,
So glorious in victory,
Triumphant in defeat.
Four years together by the Bay
Where Severn joins the tide,
Then by the Service called away,
We've scattered far and wide;
But still when two or three shall meet,
And old tales be retold,
From low to highest in the Fleet
Will pledge the Blue and Gold.
I promised more about what happened to the LST-715.
She served long and well for the duration of WWII,
and on into naval conflicts which followed
in the South Pacific and Asia,
as well as being utilized by other military branches.
She had name changes and various tribulations,
but survived to a ripe old age.
is best described with this illustration:
Lt. George Hay
USS LST-715(Part 2)Inchon Landing, 13 to 17 September 1950
First UN Counter Offensive, 1 to 14 March 1951
Second Korean Winter, 11 January to 30 April 1952
Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952, 1 May to 6 August 1952
Renamed USS De Kalb County (LST-715), 1 July 1955
Decommissioned, (date unknown)
Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) in December 1965 and placed in service as USNS De Kalb County (T-LST-715)
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1973
Custody transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay CA.
Final Disposition, disposed by the Maritime Administration, 30 April 1984, to Jon M. Associates, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA,, for scrapping
De Kalb County (LST-715) as LST-715 earned two battle stars for World War II service and six battle stars for Korean Service.
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Following World War II LST-715 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-September 1945
Decommissioned, 17 April 1946 at Manicaci Island, Republic of the Philippines
Transferred to the US Army, 28 June 1946
Commissioned USAT LST-715, 29 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 1947
Reacquired by the Navy, 25 July 1950
Reinstated on the Naval Register, 10 August 1950
Recommissioned LST-715, 30 August 1950
During the Korean War LST-715 participated in the following actions;
, 18 September to 2 November 1950
Communist China Aggression, 3 November 1950 to 14 January 1951
The LST-715-DeKalb Story Continues