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USS Brewster County (LST-483)
USS LST-483 (1942 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Uniform - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row- Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 September 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 30 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-483, 4 May 1943, LCDR. John D.Burton, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-483 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Three, CDR. A. A. Ageton USN;
    LST Group Seven, LCDR. E. B. Garrigures;
    LST Division Thirteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June 30 July 1944
    Leyte landings
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Tinian Capture and occupation, 24 to 30 July 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation;
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 9 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-483 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 December 1945 to 10 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 10 February 1946 and transferred to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority (SCAJAP), redesignated Q050
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Named Brewster County (LST-483), 1 July 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 August 1955
  • USS LST-483 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    President Monroe 586k USS LST-483 and USS President Monroe (AP-104) docked at Adak, Alaska, 20 September 1943. As SeaBees load a barge with material for the airfield they are building at Tanaga Island. Steve Franklin

    USS LST-483 / Brewster County (LST-483)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Burton, John D., USNR4 May 1943 - 9 August 1943
    02LT. Kimbrough Jr., D. T., USNR9 August 1943 - August 1944
    03LT. Epperly, Virgil Louis, USNAugust 1944 - May 1945
    04LT. Waggoner, G. G., USNRMay 1945 - December 1945
    05LT.Pettyjohn Jr., J. W., USNRDecember 1945 - 10 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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