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LST-509 entering NAB Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia in the spring of 1951
Career (USA)
Name: USS LST-509
Builder: Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Laid down: 7 October 1943
Launched: 23 November 1943
Commissioned: 20 January 1944
Decommissioned: 8 April 1970
Renamed: USS Bulloch County (LST-509), 1 July 1955
Honours and
1 battle star
Fate: Leased to the Republic of Vietnam, 1970
Career (Republic of Vietnam) Ensign of South Vietnam
Name: Qui Nhon (HQ-504)
Acquired: 8 April 1970
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-491-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
3,640 long tons (3,698 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:
Troops: Approximately 130 officers and enlisted men
Complement: 8-10 officers, 89-100 enlisted men
Armament: • 1 × single 3"/50 caliber gun mount
• 8 × 40 mm guns
• 12 × 20 mm guns

USS Bulloch County (LST-509) was an LST-491-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named for Bulloch County, Georgia, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

LST-509 was laid down on 7 October 1943 at Jeffersonville, Indiana by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company; launched on 23 November 1943; sponsored by Lieutenant (j.g.) Dorothy L. Nims, USCG(W); and commissioned on 20 January 1944 with Lieutenant J. B. Malcom, USNR, in command.

During World War II, LST-509 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the Invasion of Normandy in June, 1944. Following the war, LST-509 returned to the United States and was redesignated USS Bulloch County (LST-509) on 1 July 1955.

On 8 April 1970, the ship was decommissioned and leased to the Republic of Vietnam under the Security Assistance Program for service as Qui Nhon (HQ-504). Her final fate is unknown.

LST-509 earned one battle star for World War II service.


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