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Career
Name: USS LST-482
Laid down: 14 September 1942
Launched: 17 December 1942
Commissioned: 20 March 1943
Decommissioned: 23 February 1946
Renamed: USS Branch County (LST-482), 1 July 1955
Reclassified: LST(H)-482, 15 September 1945
LST-482, 6 March 1952
Struck: 11 August 1955
Honours and
awards:
6 battle stars
Fate: Sunk as a target, March 1956
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 1,635 long tons (1,661 t) light
4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: Unloaded :
2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
Loaded :
8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward
14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
Depth: 8 ft (2.4 m) forward
14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats and landing
craft carried:
2 or 6 LCVPs
Troops: Approximately 140 officers and enlisted men
Complement: 7-9 officers, 104-120 enlisted men
Armament: • 2 × twin 40 mm gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
• 4 × single 40 mm gun mounts
• 12 × single 20 mm gun mounts

USS Branch County (LST-482) was an LST-1-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named for Branch County, Michigan, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

LST-482 was laid down on 14 September 1942 at Richmond, California by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 17 December 1942; and commissioned on 20 March 1943 with Lieutenant R. L. Eddy, USNR, in command.

During World War II, LST-482 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following operations: the Gilbert Islands Operation (November and December 1943); the Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls (January and February 1944); the Hollandia Operation (April 1944); the Capture and Occupation of Guam (July 1944) the Leyte landings (October 1944); and the Lingayen Gulf landing (January 1945).

Following the war, LST-482 was redesignated LSTH-482 on 15 September 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East in November and December 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 23 February 1946 and redesignated LST-482 on 6 March 1952. The tank landing ship was subsequently named USS Branch County (LST-482) on 1 July 1955. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 August 1955. In early March, 1956 the ship was sunk by naval gunfire and submarine-launched torpedoes in an exercise off San Diego, California.

LST-482 earned six battle stars for World War II service.

References

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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