Page created: March 13, 2005
Updated: January 14, 2006


Music: US Naval Academy Band-
"Navy Blue and Gold"

lyrics:

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.

One other highlight on board her for George
is best described with this illustration:

Lt. George Hay



USS LST-715(Part 2)

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;
    • North Korean Aggression, 18 September to 2 November 1950
    • Communist China Aggression, 3 November 1950 to 14 January 1951
    • 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.
  • The LST-715-DeKalb Story Continues



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