REPORT FROM COMMANDING OFFICER, LST 515, TO THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF RELATING TO LST 515 AND ACTION ON NIGHT OF 28 APRIL 1944. DATED 3 MAY 1944
U.S.S. LST #515
c/o FLEET POST OFFICE
NEW YORK, CITY, N.Y.
3 May 1944
|From:||The Commanding Officer|
|To:||The Commander in Chief|
|Via:||(1) The Commander LST Group 32 (CTW 125.11.4)|
|(2) The Commander LST Group 29 (CTG 125.11)|
|(3) The Commander 11th Amphibious Force, Group Two (CTF 125)|
|(4) The Commander 11th Amphibious Force (CTF 123)|
|(5) The Commander Task Force 122|
|(6) The Commander Naval Forces Europe|
|Subject:||Action, 28 April 1944 – Report of.|
|Reference:||(a) U.S. Navy Regulations Article 712|
|Enclosure:||(A) Action report of 28 April 1944|
1. Enclosure (A) is a report of action with the enemy torpedo boats in the early morning of 28 April 1944 and subsequent rescue operations.
2. During this action, the officers and men aboard this vessel carried out their duties in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Even though the greater part of the officers and men are very new in the Naval Service their conduct was such as might be expected of veterans; both from the viewpoint of efficiency and coolness during the entire operation. Although the ship was exposed to enemy sea and air attack during the early part of the rescue operation, orders given were carried out with dispatch and completeness.
3. Lieutenant G M B Hawley, MC, USNR with the aid of only two pharmacist mates is to be credited with saving the lives and easing the discomfort of many by his continued devotion to duty, extreme skill, coolness and endurance over a period of eight hours.
J. H. Doyle