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USS LST-815


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Charlie - Quebec

NHCQ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LST-815 was sold to France and named RFS Odet (L9005)

International Radio Call Sign:
Foxtrot - Alpha - Oscar - Delta

FAOD
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 August 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 7 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-815, 30 October 1944, LT. R. S. Denham Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-815 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Five, CAPT. H.E. Richter USN (24);
    LST Group Seventy-Four, CDR. J.G. Farnsworth;
    LST Div One Hundred Forty-Seven and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-815 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 12 October 1945
    25 October to 5 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 6 September 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 25 May 1948, to Basalt Rock Co., Inc.
  • Resold by Basalt Rock Co., to France in 1948
  • Final Disposition, scrapped by France in 1969
  • USS LST-815 earned one battle star for World War II service.
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    (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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    USS LST-815
    LST-815 25k USS LST-815 at the invasion beaches at Okinawa on D-Day. Photo taken from LST-817 Maynard A. Altizer for his father
    David H. Altizer S1/c USS LST-817
    RFS Odet (L9005)
    LST-815 30k Ex-USS LST-815 in the Republic of France service as RFS Odet (L9005) underway, circa 1954, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    LST-815 443k RFS Odet (L9005) dry docked at Toulon, France, circa 1955 André Pilon
    LST-815 39k RFS Odet (L9005) underway, 9 May 1957, location unknown. Submitted by André Pilon, courtesy matelot signalman Raymond Anglada RFS Odet
    LST-815 47k RFS Odet (L9005) entering the harbor at Toulon, France, date.unknown. Robert Hurst
    LST-815 90k RFS Odet (L9005) at Toulon, 29 August 1966, after arriving from Vietnam with the coffins of 307 French soldiers who died during the French-Indochina war.
    Photos from "Képi Blanc," the monthly review off French Foreign Légion, October 1966.
    André Pilon
    LST-815 172k
    LST-815 89k RFS Odet (L9005) at Lorient, France, in 1967. Petty Officers and Chief Petty Officers, second maître mécanicien (second master mechanic) Fougère kneeing at left. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Petty Officer Alain Fougère RFS Odet
    LST-815 93k RFS Odet (L9005) underway in 1967 during a training exercise with a deck load of army trucks. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Petty Officer Alain Fougère RFS Odet
    LST-815 91k RFS Odet (L9005) landing vehicles at Abidjan, Ivory Coast during a training exercise in 1967. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Petty Officer Alain Fougère RFS Odet
    LST-815 99k RFS Odet (L9005) landing vehicles at Abidjan, Ivory Coast during a training exercise in 1967. Submitted by Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Petty Officer Alain Fougère RFS Odet
    LST-815 193k RFS Odet (L9005) re-embarking vehicles at Abidjan, Ivory Coast during a training exercise in 1967. Submitted by Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Petty Officer Alain Fougère RFS Odet
    LST-815 108k RFS Odet (L9005) moored with bow doors open, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    LST-815 138k RFS Odet (L9005) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    LST-815 60k RFS Odet (L9005) underway off Toulon, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy of Marius Bar. Robert Hurst
    LST-815 18k A French army AMX-30 MBT being loaded on to RFS Odet (L9005), date and location unknown.
    Photo from Marine Nationale.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-815 43k RFS Odet (L9005) seaman's cap Submitted by André Pilon, Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Karoll Sassover, matelot Bosseman (1964) RFS Odet
    LST-815 45k Ex-RFS Odet (L9005) serving as a as break-water at Saint-Mandrier, near Toulon, circa 1970 Submitted by André Pilon, Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Photo by Gilbert Kerisit RFS Odet

    USS LST-815
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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