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Name: LST-482
Ordered: as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 1002[1]
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California
Yard number: 37[1]
Laid down: 14 September 1942
Launched: 17 December 1942
Commissioned: 20 March 1943
Decommissioned: 23 February 1946
Reclassified: Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-482, 15 September 1945
Honors and
Silver-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png 6 × battle stars
Fate: assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East
Operator: Shipping Control Authority for Japan
In service: 23 February 1946
Out of service: unknown
Renamed: Q072
Fate: returned to USN
Status: laid up in Reserve Fleet
United States
Name: Q072
  • LST-482, 11 March 1952
  • Branch County, 1 July 1955
Namesake: Branch County, Michigan
Struck: 11 August 1955
Fate: sunk as target, March 1956
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) (light)
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) (full (seagoing draft with 1,675 short tons (1,520 t) load)
  • 2,366 long tons (2,404 t) (beaching)
Length: 328 ft (100 m) oa
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
  • Unloaded: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward; 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
  • Full load: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing with 500 short tons (450 t) load: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
Installed power:
Speed: 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 24,000 nmi (44,000 km; 28,000 mi) at 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) while displacing 3,960 long tons (4,024 t)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x LCVPs
Capacity: 1,600–1,900 short tons (3,200,000–3,800,000 lb; 1,500,000–1,700,000 kg) cargo depending on mission
Troops: 16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement: 13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Service record
Part of: LST Flotilla 3

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


LST-482 was laid down on 14 September 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1002, by Kaiser Shipyards, Yard No. 4, Richmond, California; launched on 17 December 1942; and commissioned on 20 March 1943,[1] with Lieutenant R. L. Eddy, USNR, in command.[3]

Service history[edit]

During World War II, LST-482 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following operations: the Gilbert Islands operation in November and December 1943; the Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls in January and February 1944; the Battle of Hollandia April 1944; the Battle of Guam July 1944; the Battle of Leyte landings October 1944; and the Lingayen Gulf landings January 1945.[3]

Post-war service[edit]

Following the war, LST-482 was redesignated LST(H)-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 renamed 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.[3]


LST-482 earned six battle stars for World War II service.[3]




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