Denis Rivette1

#16, b. 9 Nov 1912, d. 26 Dec 1975
Last Edited:22 Oct 2017
FatherTheophile Rivette1,2 b. 1 Sep 1880, d. 12 Mar 1967
MotherEmma Rivette1,2 b. 26 Dec 1890, d. 14 Mar 1928
Relationship6th great-grandson of Etienne Rivet
ChartsDescendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia (#1)
Descendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia (#2)

Outline of Life Events:

BirthDenis Rivette was born on 9 Nov 1912 at Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA.1,2
BaptismHe was baptized on 23 Nov 1912 at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA. Sponsors were Henri Robin and his aunt, Alzire Rivette. The priest who baptised him was Rev. Eugene Livoreil, who stamped his signatures instead of actually signing the baptismal certificate. This later caused Denis a few legal headaches.1
Census1920, sonHe was enumerated as a son of Theopile Rivette (given age 39) on the 1920 Census, living at St. Martin Parish, LA.3
Death, WitnessHis mother died when he was 15 years old, of lobar pneumonia and general peritonitis, caused by extra-uterine pregnancy.4
Census1930, sonDennis Rivette (given age 16) was enumerated as a son of Theophile Rivette (given age 49) on the 1930 Census. They lived at St. Landry Parish, LA.5
Census1940Denis Rivette (given age 27) was enumerated on 23 Apr 1940 as a lodger in the household of Anneta Lalonde on the 1940 Census at 1343 Lakeshore Drive at Port Arthur, Jefferson County, TX. He lived in the same house in 1935. Denis stated that he had 3 years of high school education, and gave his occupation as Seaman. He had worked 56 hours during the week of March 24-30, 1940, and earned $800 for working 52 weeks in 1939.6
MilitarySoon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted with the U.S. Navy on 14 May 1942.7 Upon completing amphibious training, he was assigned as a Seaman First Class to the LST #5 at the time of its commissioning in February 1943, at Algiers (New Orleans), Louisiana. The ship was assigned to the European theater, and was involved in the Sicilian occupation (July 1943), Salerno landings (September 1943), and the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day, June 1944).8 By the time it was given on loan to the British Royal Navy in November 1944, Denis had achieved his Boatswain's Mate First Class rating.
     In January 1945, he was transferred to LST #905, which was brand new and was just being commissioned in New Orleans. The 905 was sent to the Pacific, including the islands of Hawaii, the Marianas, and Guam. She participated in the Asiatic-Pacific theater in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in June 1945.8 The 905 continued to operate in the western Pacific, shuttling cargo and passengers among the island groups. Denis remained on the 905 until the war ended in August 1945, during which time he achieved his final rating of Chief Boatswain's Mate.
     After V-J Day officially ended the war in August 1945, Denis was sent to Hawaii to await his discharge. Priority was given to men who had served the longest, and he was told that in his case it would take several months. However, because of a paperwork snafu, in which his years of service in the merchant marines was included in his total service time, his wait was unexpectedly reduced.9 He received his honorable discharge on 26 November 1945.7
Marriage LicenseHe and Myrtle Adelia Coles obtained a marriage license in Feb 1943 at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.10
MarriageDenis Rivette married Myrtle Adelia Coles, daughter of Edmond DeJean Coles and Ione Drusilla Holden, on 25 Feb 1943, while Denis was on a 3-day shore leave at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA. The marriage took place at the home of Rev. A. E. Tibbs. Witnesses on the marriage certificate were Marion Lee Coles and Lennie Mae (White) Coles; also present were Myrtle's parents.11
ResidenceAfter the end of World War II, in 1947, Denis Rivette and his wife, Myrtle, moved to 333 Woodlawn Avenue, Metairie, Jefferson Parish, LA.
ResidenceAccording to a city directory listing in 1952, Denis Rivette and his wife, Myrtle, lived at 333 Woodlawn Drive in Metairie, Jefferson Parish, LA. He worked as a mechanic for New Orleans Armature Works, while she was employed as a stenographer for Dixie Stove Works.12
ResidenceAccording to a city directory listing in 1956, Denis Rivette lived at 333 Woodlawn Avenue in Metairie, Jefferson Parish, LA. He was employed at New Orleans Armature Works.12
DeathHe died at age 63 of cancer of the pancreas on 26 Dec 1975 at East Jefferson Hospital in Metairie, Jefferson Parish, LA.13
BurialHe was buried at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Metairie, Jefferson Parish, LA.


  1. [S195] Original Baptismal Record.
  2. [S615] Social Security Administration. Applications for Account Numbers, Form SS-5. Social Security Administration, Baltimore, MD.
  3. [S223] 1920 U.S. Census. LA. St. Martin Parish. population schedule.
  4. [S1497] LA. Orleans Parish. "Louisiana death records/certificates, ca. 1850-1875, 1894-1954". Louisiana Secretary of State, Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.
  5. [S417] 1930 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  6. [S805] 1940 U.S. Census. TX. Jefferson County. population schedule.
  7. [S788] "U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File Index, 1850-2010." Website (database). Online
  8. [S591] Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Website. Online
  9. [S455] Charles D Rivette, interview. various dates.
  10. [S271] Orleans Parish Marriage Records Database. Website. Online
  11. [S1] Holy Bible. Hartford: Silus Andrus and Son, 1853. Benjamin Lippincott Coles Family. Held by Henrietta Stumpf, Arkansas.
  12. [S793] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.
  13. [S468] Death certificate. certified copy.