The US Navy Band plays
a wartime Gershwin medley.

Page updated: June 7, 2006

I'd like you to get an inside glimpse of this brave ship and her crew,
especially my husband, George Hay,
one of her junior officers during her involvement at Iwo Jima,
a major sea and land battle of WWII - in early 1945, the opening scene
of her and of his introductions into the nitty-gritty of war.

The fellow crewman's name was Floyd Alex Caldini, gunnery officer.

She was among a fleet of US Naval vessels involved, and many other LSTs,
whose function it was to deliver the troops and tanks onto well-guarded enemy shores,
where they successfully took the island, securing a strategic US Air Force location.

The toll was heavy, and American hospital ships were on-hand.
In fact, George was sent to one of them during the conflict at one point.

(Ship commander, Lt. Trapp's letters of promotion for George)f

Personal Glimpses

As George realized, Iwo really is just the remains
of volcanic eruptions and lava flows.

If George had known all this, would he have chosen it?
Probably so.

. . . although he wasn't suffering too much back in the states
before all this serious business. . .

The prevailing joy of Americans wherever we are - surfaces, though-
even in the middle of a war on a ship on the other side of the Earth!

(By the way, always the poet, George wrote the little poetic ditty above.)

And - of course - the perpetual humor!

LST-715 (542-Class Tank Landing Ship):

  • Laid down, 7 June 1944 at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 20 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-715, 15 August 1944
  • During World War II LST-715 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
    • Iwo Jima Operation;
      (a) Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February and March 1945
    • Okinawa Gunto operation;
      (a) Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-May, June 1945
  • 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

    (her record will resume on next webpage - with The Korean conflict)

  • Continuing LST-715-DeKalb County story

    Click to meet more of George's ships:
    USS LST-634
    USS LST-1013

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