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USS CADDO PARISH (LST-515 ) - a LST-491-class tank landing ship

In Commission 1944 to 1956

LST-515 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1943 - APR 1944 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
SEP 1943 - Keel Date: 3 SEP 1943
at Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
NOV 1943 - APR 1944 Exercise Tiger- Slampton Sands England (Pre-Normandy Invasion
DEC 1943 - Launch Date: 31 DEC 1943
JAN 1944 - Commissioned: 28 JAN 1944
JAN 1965 - NOV 1965 Dominican Republic Conflict
JAN 1966 - JAN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1966 - MAY 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1967 - JUN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1967 - OCT 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1968 - APR 1968 On 23 Apr 1968, rocket attack at LST ramp, Vung Tau
NOV 1969 - Decommissioned: 26 NOV 1969

LST-515 General Specifications

Class: LST-491-class tank landing ship

Complement: 9 Officers and 89-100 Enlisted

Displacement: 1625 tons

Length: 328 feet

Beam: 50 feet

Draft: Loaded - 8' FWD - 14' AFT

Final Disposition: Transferred to the Philippines 26 November 1969


LST-515 was laid down on 3 September 1943 at Seneca, III., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 31 December 1943; sponsored by Miss Rebekah Brown; and commissioned on 28 January 1944.

During World War II, LST-515 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Following the war, LST-515 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-November 1952. She also saw postwar service with the Service Force, U.S. Atlantc Fleet.

Upon her return to the United States, she was re-designated Caddo Parish (LST-515) on 1 July 1955 after a parish (county) in Louisiana. The ship was decommissioned on 20 October 1955 and recommissioned on 2 August 1963. The tank landing ship performed service in Vietnam until transferred to the Republic of the Philippines as grant aid on 26 November 1969. She served the Philippine Navy as Bataan (LT-85).

LST-515 received one battle star for World War II service; and nine battle stars, one Navy Unit Commendation and one Meritorious Unit Commendation for Vietnam service.

[Note: The above USS CADDO PARISH (LST-515) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS CADDO PARISH (LST-515), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]