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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-508 was transferred to France and renamed RFS Orne (L9002)
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 September 1943, at Jeffersonville, IN., by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co.
  • Launched, 10 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-508, 14 January 1944, LT. John G. Holmes, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-508 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned, 2 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 January 1947
  • Transferred by the State Department to France, 25 March 1947, named RFS Orne (L9002)
  • Final Disposition, scrapped by France in 1957
  • USS LST-508 earned one battle star for World War II service
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    USS LST-508
    LST-508 66k USS LST-508 commissioning crew, 14 January 1944 at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN. Robert Scarpa for his father Frank J. Scarpa, Cox, USS LST-508
    LST-508 43k USS LST-508 at anchor, date and place unknown. LST Home Port web site
    RFS Orne (L9002)
    LST-508 33k Ex-USS LST-508 in French service as RFS Orne (L9002) alongside the transport Pasteur off the coast of Vietnam during the French-Indochina War, circa 1945 to 1954. André Pilon RFS Golo
    LST-508 62k RFS Orne (L9002) alongside the transport Pasteur off the coast of Vietnam during the French-Indochina War, circa 1945 to 1954. André Pilon RFS Golo
    LST-508 50k RFS Orne (L9002) operating along the coast of Vietnam during the French-Indochina War, circa 1948 to 1950.
    Photos courtesy Jean Lecomte, bossman RFS Orne
    André Pilon RFS Golo
    LST-508 46k
    LST-508 47k
    LST-508 57k
    LST-508 81k
    LST-508 57k RFS Orne (L9002) underway in rough seas, date and location unknown.
    Photo from Marine Nationale.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-508 30k RFS Orne (L9002) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    LST-508 100k RFS Orne (L9002) on the Penfeld River at Brest, France, date unknown. André Pilon RFS Golo
    LST-508 71k ex-RFS Orne (L9002) at anchor awaiting scrapping, probably at La Seyne, near Toulon, date unknown. André Pilon RFS Golo
    LST-508 104k ex-RFS Orne (L9002) being scrapped probably at La Seyne, near Toulon, date unknown. André Pilon RFS Golo
    LST-508 11k RFS Orne (L9002) ship's badges. André Pilon RFS Golo
    LST-508 62k
    LST-508 45k RFS Orne (L9002) cap ribbon. Submitted by André Pilon RFS Golo Courtesy QM timonier Loic Pairel RFS Orne

    USS LST-508
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Holmes, John Grier, USNR14 January 1944 - 1 August 1945
    02LT. Allen, Blevins P., USNR1 August 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Levey, A. W., USNRDecember 1945 - 2 August 1946.08.1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    "Life" magazine photo archive - LST-506 Fitting Out and Mississippi River passage.
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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